Sunday, July 28, 2013

Prime Minister condoles Siddiqi\'s death

New Delhi: July 28, 2013(7STARNEWS)Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today condoled the demise of eminent biologist Obaid Siddiqi, who died in Bangalore on Friday due to brain injuries sustained in a road accident on July 21.

\"I am deeply grieved to learn of the passing away of Dr Obaid Siddiqi, one of India\'s most eminent molecular biologists, who will long be remembered for his pioneering research in this field,\" Singh said in his message.

The Prime Minister said Siddiqi was among that crop of scientists who helped lay the foundation of our country\'s scientific research effort.

\"He will be missed deeply by his friends and colleagues as a great researcher, educationist and a very warm human being. I offer my heartfelt condolences and pray for peace of the departed soul,\" Singh said.

Siddiqi, National Research Professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), was member of various national and international science academies.

He has been honoured with Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Bhatnagar Prize, INSA Golden Jubilee Medal, Birla Samarak Kosh National Award, Goyal Foundation Prize, Aryabhatta Medal by INSA, Bhasin Foundation Prize, Science Congress Plaque of Honours, BC Roy Award for Biomedical Research and Firodia Award for Basic Sciences.

Siddiqi is survived by his wife Asiya, sons Imran and Kaleem, and daughters Yumna and Diba.
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