Dr. Rajendra Rathore, Pfletschinger-Habermann Professor of Organic Chemistry at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, departed from this world on February 16, 2018, after a short but strenuous battle with pulmonary disease. Dr. Rathore was an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur who received his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 1986. Dr. Rathore was a scientist of the highest calibre. A pioneer in the field of organic and synthetic chemistry, he made key contributions to the areas of organic supramolecular and materials chemistry.
Dr. Rajendra Rathore Colloquium of Chemistry seminar series has been established at the Department of Chemistry, IIT Kanpur, through an endowment fund created through generous contributions from Mrs. Rajni Nigam, wife of late Dr. Rajendra Rathore, and their family members and well-wishers.
Professor S. Chandrasekaran spoke on Studies on the Stereoselective Synthesis of 2-Deoxy-glycosides on 4th March, 2020. Dr. Chandrasekaran earned his B.Sc (1965) and M.Sc (1967) degree from Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Madras University. He obtained Ph.D from Madras University under the guidance of Professor S. Swaminathan in 1972. After graduation, he went to Harvard University, USA (1973-75 and 1976- 77) to work as a Research Associate on the (first successful) synthesis of gibberellic acid, a plant growth hormone, with Professor E. J. Corey. He joined IIT Kanpur in 1977 as a Lecturer and became a full professor in 1985. He then moved to IISc Bangalore and held various positions as Chairman, Department of Organic Chemistry, and Dean of Faculty of Science, IISc Bangalore.