Yash Pal Age, Death Cause, Wife, Family, Biography & More
Yash Pal Singh
Mota Sir (called by his friends)
Scientist, Educator and Educationist
High-Energy Physics, Astrophysics, Communication, Science Policy and Space Technology
• In the late 1960s, had served as a professor at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai.
• From 1973 to 1981, served as the Director of Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad.
• From 1983 to 1984, served as the Chief Consultant to the Planning Commission.
• From 1984 to 1986, acted as the Secretary of Department of Science and Technology.
• From 1986 to 1991, served a full single-term of five years as the Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC).
• In 1976, Padma Bhushan
• In 1980, Marconi Prize
• In 2009, Kalinga Award
• In 2013, Padma Vibhushan
Physical Stats & More
in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet inches- 5’ 6”
in Kilograms- 60 kg
in Pounds- 132 lbs
Date of Birth
26 November 1926
Jhang, British India
Date of Death
24 July 2017
Place of Death
Max Hospital, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Age (as on 24 July 2017)
Zodiac sign/Sun sign
Kaithal, Haryana, India
St. Andrew's High School, Bandra, Bombay (Now Mumbai)
R. D. National College, Mumbai
MSc in physics from Panjab University in 1949
PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958
Philanthropy, Yoga, Motivational Speaker
Girls, Affairs and More
Some Lesser Known Facts About Yash Pal
Did Yash Pal smoke?: Yes
Did Yash Pal drink alcohol?: Not Known
He was born in Jhang district (Punjab Province, Pakistan).
He was brought up in Pai, Kaithal, Haryana.
After completing his Masters in Physics from Panjab University in 1949, he moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue his Ph.D. in Physics.
He started his career as a member of the “Cosmic Rays Group” at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Bombay (now Mumbai).
In 1973, Yash Pal became the first Director of the Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad.
During his tenure as the Chairman of UGC, Yash Pal advocated the setting up of Inter-University Centres.
In 1993, he chaired the National Advisory Committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The Committee’s report, entitled “Learning Without Burden,” is considered a seminal document in the Indian School Education.
He was also asked to chair the NCERT’s National Curriculum Framework.
In 2009, to examine the reform of Higher Education in India, MHRD set up a Committee known as Yash Pal Committee.
He became popular after his regular appearances in Doordarshan’s science programme “Turning Point” in which he used to explain scientific concepts in layman’s language.
Yash Pal used to answer reader’s questions in a column of the Indian English daily The Tribune.
On 24 July 2017, he died of age old ailments after being admitted to the Max Hospital in Noida. Earlier, he had battled with lung cancer. However, he overcame the disease around five years ago to his death.
Here’s the story of Yash Pal’s life in his own words: