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About Gopal

ObituaryDr. 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…  


“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.” …


Gopalda, cha banaben?  – on care for community, by Pampi

“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.”

Photo Slideshow | Photographer

Photo slideshow of Gopal and the company he kept through the ages

Also, Gopal un(knowingly) was an amateur photographer – he developed his photos himself with the same meticulous attention he did for his microscopy slides

Scientific Contributions | Resume

Developed (LPT) gamma titanium aluminide – low pressure turbine blades

Used (3-D printing) additive manufacturing to fabricate (IN 718) – super alloy and optimized their properties

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

Professional Award


ELCINA Electronic Industries Association of India “Past Award Winners” 1984

Sandia National Laboratories’ R+D 100 Awards 

R+D World 100 Award Winners with Pratt & Whitney, 2000

Professional Testimonials


Translations (Bengali-English)

Tagore’s The World Has Gone Mad

Selections from Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s body of work

Tagore’s Mone Rekho – a final translation and response poem by Pampi, Apr 2020


His perfect cooking is reflected in his perfect materials. The same thoughtfulness and exacting but playful spirit behind these practices. One cup of cha tasted the same as a giant pot of cha for 50. And people would visit to have his dishes – sometimes decades between visits – knowing they will get exactly what their mind remembered.

Cucumber Curry – light summer dish

Pumpkin flower fritters

To come: mustard okra, labra, and a couple of his every day freshwater fish dishes…

Favorite songs + texts

“Stevie Wonder’s “You are the sunshine of my life.” It was the first English song I could hear and really have understanding for. When I heard it for the first time, I could only think of my papa and how everyday he’d sing and cook for us. He is my songbird and I like to sing this one to the people who make me feel loved,” June 2015

Sraddha playlist (working)

How we might send love


Honor him

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

Food Sovereignty, Permaculture + Edible Gardens – a realization

Long time coming 🌿many thanks to all the wise womxn and my papa who inspire me to get closer to the earth #decades … my wish is for us to figure out a way to feed ourselves and our neighbors more robustly as the megastores continue to make us dependent on them for food…

– Pampi, May 2018

Online Condolences

Gopalda, cha banaben?  – on care for community, by Pampi



Figuring this out.  In the mean time, please consider donating your pandemic stimulus check to support marginalized communities around you.

Here are some funds you can give to/ find similar ones near you/ establish relationship with communities or families and establish one

Native American Response Fund (featured in Teen Vogue)

Mass UnDocu Fund

Mass Corona Virus Care Fund for Workers and Survivors

Covid-19 Mutual Aid Relief Fund for LGBTQIA + BIPoC Folks

Mass Redistribution Fund | Grassroots Relief for covid 19 (Supported by Boston Ujima Project + Center for Economic Democracy)

Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Boston