Thursday, July 23, 2009

RIP Jaydeep Majumder (1972-2009)

Jaydeep Majumder passed away at 6:00am on July 22, 2009 in Bhubaneswar. He was admitted to the hospital the previous evening at 10:30pm. Hospital scans revealed that he had a tumor in his brain and that may have been the cause of his untimely and unexpected passing away at a very young age. He had recently joined NISER, Bhubaneswar as a faculty member and was excited about having to teach quantum mechanics during the coming semester. He is survived by his wife. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences are to his immediate family. He will also be missed by all his friends like me.

A bit about Jaydeep: Jaydeep did his B.Sc. (1994) and M.Sc. (1996) in Physics from Calcutta university and then joined the Ph.D. programme at the Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI) after spending a semester at Tata Institute (TIFR) in Mumbai. He completed his Ph.D. in 2001/2 under the supervision of Prof. Ashoke Sen. Subsequently, he did post-docs at Rutgers and the Helsinki Institute of Physics. He then joined MNNIT, Allahabad as an Assistant Professor in 2008 before moving to NISER, Bhubaneswar in June 2009. His research in the recent past has been in the area of cosmology. His publications are listed in the SPIRES database.


  1. Jaydeep was recently offered a lecturership at the Physics Department of Calcutta University. He was highly interested to join the university but later opted for NISER who gave him a better offer. He was a student of this department, and we narrowly missed him as a colleague, but for us who knew him well, this is really tragic. Our sincerest condolences to his family.

  2. I find it hard to believe this.

    Jaydeep, we will miss you.

  3. This is a tragedy that's really hard to understand or accept. Jaydeep was much loved and appreciated in the scientific community and we will all miss him. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

  4. Jaydeep (fondly referred to as Rajudada to his cousins) will be dearly missed by us. His incomprehensible death is not just a loss to his family, its a big loss to science. He was truly a devoted and passionate scientist. I have a small suggestion to the string theory community - it would be great if a symposium or any session in an upcoming conference be devoted to his memeory. Research was where his heart truly lied.
    We will always love you amd miss you...

  5. It was indeed a cruel turn of fate that snatched jaydeep away just when he was so optimistic and enthusuastic about his new life at NISER. It is still difficult to digest that something like this could happen. It must be even more so for his
    family: to them my inadequate condolences.

  6. Jaydip was a student of Presidency College during 1991-1994 in the Deptt. of Physics. He was personally known to me since 1989 as he was my contemporary. We studied together in Presidency College. It is difficult to digest that something like this could happen.