Bhubaneswar: Sushama Panigrahi, known as the first Odia woman scientist to be a part of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), passed away in Ahmedabad on May 17 losing the battle with cancer. She was 67.
Panigrahi is survived by husband, a nuclear scientist and a son, who is an engineer.
The scientist hailed from Aska in Ganjam district. After completing her MSc in Botany from Berhampur University and Phd from IIT Kharagpur, she had joined ISRO Ahmedabad as a scientist in remote sensing in 1983. She served in ISRO for around 30 years and took retirement from her job in October 2012 as a group director.
On receiving the unfortunate news, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid his last respect to the fallen hero of the state and expressed his condolence for family members of the departed soul.
ସୁଖ୍ୟାତ ବୈଜ୍ଞାନିକ ସୁଷମା ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଇସ୍ରୋର ପ୍ରଥମ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ମହିଳା ବୈଜ୍ଞାନିକ ଭାବେ ସେ ଅର୍ଜନ କରିଥିବା ସୁନାମ ସର୍ବଦା ଅକ୍ଷୁର୍ଣ୍ଣ ରହିବ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) May 19, 2020