তুমিতো সুন্দর, ও কানাই, তোমার ভাঙা না |
Translation: You are such a beauty, O Boatman, You cannot be broken.
Dr. Gopal Das, 75, succumbed to cancer on Sat Apr 11, 2020 at home in Simsbury with his wife of 45 years, Samhita, and children, Aparna and Ishani, by his side…
in Photos | Photography
Also, Gopal un(knowingly) was an amateur photographer – he developed his photos himself with the same meticulous attention he did for his microscopy slides
“He was a person of admiration for me with his soft personality. A man of diligence and honesty in whatever he did. A personal loss for me because I always knew that there was someone there for me if I was ever in need.
Thank you for touching his feet on behalf of us. May his soul rest in peace.”
– Pampi, Apr 2020
“So many instances come to mind- Gopalda making Labda for Durga Puja Friday dinner, Jhaal Muri for our summer picnics, intensely discussing his research over tea at our house and coming over to our house to congratulate me for my teaching award… The list goes on and on.” …
Scientific Contributions | Resume
Developed (LPT) gamma titanium aluminide – low pressure turbine blades
Researched reverse engineering to determine the metallurgical properties and specification of (M 250) maraging steel
Conducted transient liquid phase joining to bond single crystal to polycrystalline super alloys
Three patents and nine pending patents
70+ publications in metallurgical journals
Conference paper selected as Best of AeroMat 99 Session 1 in Cincinnati, OH in 1999: “Forming and Joining of Sheet Gamma TiAl” titanium aluminide
ELCINA Electronic Industries Association of India “Past Award Winners” R+D to Super Semiconductor Pvt Ltd, Kolkata, 1984
Sandia National Laboratories’ R+D 100 Awards (often referred to as the “Oscars of Invention’ + “Nobel Prizes of Technology” and applied research
R+D World 100 Award Winners with Pratt & Whitney, Gamma-Met Titanium Aluminide Sheet, 2000
Professional Testimonials | Website
“Throughout his work Dr. Das has been at the frontiers of advanced materials fabrication. [He] has remained a modest person, never resting on his accomplishments. He will continue to make innovations at the highest levels.”
– Dr. Winston Soboyejo, International GammaTi & Titanium Alloy Expert | Provost Ad Interim of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
“A few months have now passed and I still think about Gopal every day.
I spoke to him on the phone shortly before he died. Among other things, I told him about a publication I was working on. They were my “metallographic memoirs”. We also talked about his role in my scientific career. Unfortunately, when I finished the article, Gopal was no longer with us.
The only thing I could do was dedicate this work to him. I also intentionally submitted the work in a bilingual journal, as Gopal always mentioned his time in Germany in conversations and remembered a lot of words.
I am now sending you the finished article, which is dedicated to a person who meant a lot to me and whom I will never forget.”
– Prof., Dr. Helmut Clemens,
Translations (Bengali-English) + Favorite texts
“I have a deep love for anything Bengali-especially Bengali literature, folklores, songs, dance, dramas, traditions, etc. including Ilish maach. At home, my parents routinely drilled us on all these aspects of culture so that we do not forget our roots.
… It gives me sheer joy, particularly when I can translate with my daughters who love Bengali culture. They do not gloss over but take keen interest in conveying the nuances. ” – Gopal, 2016
Tagore’s The World Has Gone Mad
Selections from Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s body of work
Mone Rekho – a final translation, Apr 2020
Poems he kept close to him + recitation (working)
Favorite songs + singing
Gopal singing (working)
Sraddha playlist (working)
Gopal waited till he was in his 70s to finally take singing lessons after a lifetime of singing and humming extemporaneously while he worked and cooked. It was a very rare day indeed when he did not sing.
His perfect cooking is reflected in his perfect metallurgy – the same thoughtful, exacting, playful spirit behind these practices. One cup of cha tasted the same as a giant pot of cha for 50.
To come: mustard okra, labra, and a couple of his every day freshwater fish dishes…
Say a prayer, do something for your neighbor in his name
Plant a vegetable garden (with native flowers to help bees pollinate) + help your neighbor start one
Long time coming 🌿many thanks to all the wise womxn and my papa who inspire me to get closer to the earth #decades …
– Pampi, May 2018
He was a man of letters. Poetry was the way he loved. Many thanks for these poems.
Moving through Grief: Resources
Here are some articles that might help
Contributors of The Body Is not an Apology (femmes of color) produced some of the best work on grieving process
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Native American Response Fund (featured in Teen Vogue)
Mass Redistribution Fund | Grassroots Relief for covid 19 (Supported by Boston Ujima Project + Center for Economic Democracy)