Persons Died Current Affairs July 2015

Current Affairs of Person Died July 2015

Hemant Sonawala

  • One of the founders of the India’s IT industry Hemant Sonawala, has died on May 30, 2015 at the age of 78. He was associated with the Computer Society of India, the IEEE, NASSCOM, Indo American Chamber of Commerce and FICCI.
  • Fje was chairman of Hinditron Group, and started it way back in 1966 and its computer division in 1971. He was also the founder of Digital Equipment India, which later became a part of HP India in 1988. Digital Equipment India was the first technology IPO in India.

Mary Ellen Mark

  • Mary Ellen Mark, the renowned documentary and portrait photographer, has died on May 27, 2015 at the age of 75.
  • She is known for her deeply personal work spanning nearly six decades. Her pictures show a staunch eye for the most revealing details in her subjects’ lives.
  • Her most iconic works are ‘Falkland Road’ in which she exposed the harsh lives of a Bombay brothel and the Oscar nominated documentary project ‘Streetwise’ which focused on the life of ‘Tiny’ Blackwell, a prostitute and heroin addict.

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John Nash

  • John Forbes Nash Jr., the Princeton University mathematician known for his work in game theory, differential geometry and partial differential equations, died in a car crash on May 23, 2015 at the age of 86.
  • His life inspired the film ‘A Beautiful Mind’. Sylvia Nasar, wrote the book ‘A Beautiful Mind’ in the 1998 on his life. Later, the book has been filmed and in 2001 it was chosen for Oscar award.
  • He was born in West Virginia State of the USA on June 13, 1928. He shared Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with game theorists Reinhard Selten and John Harsanyi in 1998.

Bob Belden

  • Bob Belden, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, composer, arranger and producer, has died on May 20, 2015 at the age of 58. He was the first American musician to perform in Iran since its 1979 revolution.
  • Belden was known for conceiving and producing multi-artist thematic albums, including ‘Miles From India’, on which Indian and American musicians performed Miles Davis tunes, that received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2009.

Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri

  • Eminent economist, noted academic and policy advisor Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri, has been died on May 19, 2015 at the age of 81. A major influence on planning through his numerous prescient papers, his works had an enormous impact on former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
  • Chaudhuri studied with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen in Shantiniketan and furthered his education at Kolkata’s Presidency College before completing his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Aruna Shanbaug

  • Aruna Shanbaug, the face of mercy killing has died on May 18, 2015 at the age of 66. She was in a vegetative state for last 42 years after being sexually assaulted by a sweeper at KEM Hospital, Mumbai which had cut off oxygen supply to her brain.
  • Her case sparked a debate in the ‘ country about the euthanasia laws. The Apex Court of India had rejected a plea for her mercy killing (euthanasia) in 2011.
  • The petition was filed by journalist and author Pinki Virani.
  • Pinki Virani had authored a non-fiction book named ‘Aruna’s Story’ in 1998 which is based upon her life.
  • Duttakumar Desai had written a Marathi play named ‘Katha Arunachi’ also based upon her. T play was staged under director Vinay Apte in 2002.

Suchitra Bhattacharya

  • Suchitra Bhattacharya, a celebrated Bengali writer known for her sensitive portrayal of urban, social and feminist issues through her novels, has died on May 12, 2015 at the age of 65.
  • Many of her works have been adapted into films, including Dahan, based on the stigmatisation and helplessness of a rape survivor, made into a National Award winning film by late Ritupamo Ghosh.
  • She was born in 1950 in Bihar. Some of her acclaimed works includes Hemanter Pakhi, Kachher Manush, Aleek Shukh, Icche and Kacher Dewal besides several other short stories.

Dr. Amalendu Guha

  • Amalendu Guha, eminent historian, economist and social scientist, has died on May 7, 2015 at the age of 91. He has several books to his credit including his most acclaimed book ‘Planter Raj to Swaraj’.
  • An author who wrote in English, was also known for his extensive research related to the socio¬≠economic history of Asom.
  • Through a registered will in the year 2005, he had donated his body to the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital for research and pledged his eyes to Shankardev Nethralaya, Guwahati.

Updated: December 29, 2015 — 11:02 am

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