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Dr. Rabin Sen Gupta, arguably one of the finest oceanographers this country has ever produced, breathed his last on 31st December 2006. He had been ill for quite some time and was taken to Calcutta by his relatives for treatment. The end came quickly and peacefully. Dr. Sen Gupta joined NIO in 1973 after spending several years in Sweden where he obtained his Ph.D. degree. Prior to that he had worked in India and participated in the International Indian Ocean Expedition (1962-65). Dr. Sen Gupta was an authority on biogeochemistry of oxygen-deficient environments, having been actively involved with research in the Baltic and Black Seas in the 1960s and 1970s. On his return to India he initiated similar studies in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. He was an observationist, an extremely seaworthy person who hardly slept during cruises. In NIO he gathered a group of students and trained them on biogeochemical research. He carried out extensive observations in the North Indian Ocean in the 1970s and 1980s on board the INS Darshak, RV Gaveshani, ORV Sagar Kanya, and FORV Sagar Sampada . He also participated in the First Expedition to Antarctica and was the Leader of the 7th Expedition. He was a very productive scientist and published over 100 research papers and co-edited a book on the Indian Ocean. He is credited for bringing the standards in the chemical oceanographic research in India to a global level. Dr. Sen Gupta was the Head of Chemical Oceanography Division from 1985 to 1992. He was also responsible for Ship Management in NIO for several years.
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