Elected: 1973
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Dr Kashinath Nandy FRSE
Kashinath Nandy was born on 1 December 1927. He came to Edinburgh in 1959 from Presidency College Observatory, Calcutta, where he was lecturer in Applied Mathematics, planning to spend one year gaining practical experience in astronomy at the Royal Observatory. He enrolled as a post-graduate student at the University of Edinburgh, and one year later was awarded the degree of Master of Science – his second MSc, as he already had one in mathematics from his home university in India. Kashi stayed on, working for his PhD which he gained in 1964. In the event, he was to remain in Edinburgh for the rest of his career, rising rapidly in the ranks of the Observatory’s scientific personnel, finally reaching the high position of Deputy Chief Scientific Officer on Special Merit.

The topic of Kashi’s PhD thesis was “Interstellar Extinction in the Galaxy”, and though he took up many other astronomical problems in the course of his long career, this subject of interstellar matter remained his favourite, on which he became a recognised international expert.

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