Professor C.V. Vishveshwara, a pioneer in research on black holes, passed away on 16 January 2017 in Bengaluru after a period of illness. Born in 1938, Prof. Vishveshwara is survived by his wife Prof. Saraswathi and two daughters Smitha and Namitha, both scientists.
In the 1970s, while at Chicago University, he was among the first to study “black holes” even before they had been so named so. He was known for giving a form to the characteristic signal that would be emitted by two merging black holes – this was the form of the wave detected in 2015 by the LIGO detector.
Prof. Vishveshwara was the director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru, where he set up REAP ( Research Education Advancement Programme in Physical Sciences) – a three-year-programme for undergraduate students.