C S Seshadri, one of the notable Indian mathematicians of post-Independent India, breathed his last on 17 July in Chennai. He was 88. A leader in algebraic geometry, he was deeply involved in mathematics till the very end, postulating projective modules, moduli theory, Narasimhan Seshadri theorem, parabolic bundles, the geometry of Schubert varieties and standard nominal theory.
“In the passing away of Professor C. S. Seshadri, we have lost an intellectual stalwart who did outstanding work in mathematics. His efforts, especially in algebraic geometry, will be remembered for generations. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in remembrance.
Seshadri who began his undergraduate studies in Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in 1989, moved to Chennai and lay the foundation of Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) as a part of SPIC Science Foundation, then known as School of Mathematics. His venture thrived amidst immense adversities and cynicisms he met with by his friends and family.
The initiative rested on his dream to build a hub of learning whose brilliance would be at par with the greatest universities in the world. CMI has evolved to be one of the best schools for undergraduate studies in computer science and mathematics.
He was elected as the Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 2010 and Fellow of the Royal Society in 1988. His illustrious career had conferred him with many prestigious awards including Padma Bhushan in 2009.
“CS Seshadri, one of the world’s eminent mathematicians, has just passed away in Chennai. Educated entirely in India, he was a great institution builder in our country. It is easy to earn laurels elsewhere, but to be like Seshadri you need a commitment that goes beyond personal glory,” senior Congress leader Jairam Ganesh wrote on his social media account.