A beloved husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather, Madhukar Mehta passed away in Amdavad on June 28, 2010 after a brief illness.  He is survived by his wife Uma, sons Sushrut and Utpal.

He played the hand he was dealt and had no regrets. Always played by the rules, he was proud of his achievements and satisfied with his life, and he always had a smile.

We will remember and miss him forever. 

Posted by Chitra Sharad on September 25, 2019
Our limited interaction with Shri Madhukarbhai is quite fresh in our memory.  A wonderful specimen of human kind. He must be having peaceful living with the Deities in Heaven.
Dick Sharad
Posted by Alok Mehta on September 25, 2019
This day gave India and the Nuclear Sciences' world a gem; my dear Madhu Kaka.
Posted by Melvin Oakes on September 24, 2019
Pat and I will pause today to honor this lovely man and his family who have meant so much to us.
Posted by Melvin Oakes on September 24, 2018
I am now of the same age as Madhu at the time of his death. As I, maybe foolishly, look forward to many more years of life, I mourn his loss of so many more years that would have further enriched our lives. Today I remember his remarkable family and one of the kindest women that ever graced this earth. We send our deepest affection and love to Uma.
Posted by Sushrut And Moha Mehta on June 29, 2016
Dear Daddy,

Your family misses you. The grandchildren are growing up fast. Rohan is in his third year of grad school and wants to be a professer. Pinku has graduated from UCLA and is going for her PhD program, Little Salil is now a big boy and a very good Soccer Player... We have one sportsman in our family now. We wish you peace.
Posted by Melvin Oakes on June 28, 2016
Our thoughts will be with the family on this sad day, however we will focus on the many good times and many treasures that Madhu shared with us that so greatly enriched our lives.
Posted by Melvin Oakes on June 28, 2014
The adage that time heals everything is sadly not true. The pain of Madhu's loss is no less today than four years ago. Today is my wife, Pat's, birthday and while we celebrate, we also have moments of silence and sadness for the loss of our dear friend. We extend our love to Uma and the family.
Posted by Sushrut And Moha Mehta on September 24, 2012
Happy birthday dear Daddy....today we took Priyanka to her college. It was a very trying day emotionally. She prayed by your picture before leaving. Do keep her safe and watch over her. We miss your smiling face,
Posted by Alok Mehta on July 2, 2012
Feels like just yesterday when Madhukaka and Uma Kaki visited us, here in Bangalore....in 2000! I am blessed to have been born amdist giants.... Fondly.
Posted by Melvin Oakes on July 2, 2012
I met Madhu in 1958 when we both entered FSU in Tallahassee seeking a Ph. D. in physics. We bonded quickly, I appreciated his kindness, honesty and vast knowledge of India's history. Eventually I married and we became lifelong friends with Uma and him. They had a lasting impact on our lives. Madhu's passing was very painful for us. He was a great friend and scientist, irreplaceable.
Posted by Sushrut And Moha Mehta on June 28, 2012
Dear Daddy,
Another year has gone by without your presence. We miss you a lot. Very often we use words that you used to say, like pizzum, and good tea!!! Your grandchildren are growing up very fast. You will be proud of all them including little Salil. Rohan, is now 21... Yes...Johan...is 21. He is a sweet and gentle boy....to be cont
Posted by Sushrut And Moha Mehta on June 28, 2012
So, as I was saying earlier, Ro has taken Math and Biology as his majors. He is also moderating quiz bowls for high schools and can get very competitive at times. Your granddaughter, Priyanka, is another character. Strong minded and very sure of her opinions. She is also very kind and helps out all her friends by tutoring them and helping them in the subjects they could use help with...
Posted by Sushrut And Moha Mehta on June 28, 2012
Yes, and Pri also loves watching Cosby Show with Ro. She is graduating from high school with honors and going to UCLA. Her subject is Cognitive science.
Sushrut has vpbeen traveling a lot so goes and visits Pune at least once a year. He brings us reports on how Salil baba is growing up.
Please watch over your grandchildren and children.
Posted by Nishita Mehta on June 28, 2012
Madhu Kaka,
Hope you are doing fine with daddu! :)
Posted by Dr. Sanjiv Desai on September 26, 2011
I feel as if I am staring at an unfillable void/vacuum. How I wish we could personally wish him on his birthday. May his soul rest in peace. Sanjiv-Gayatri
Posted by Sushrut And Moha Mehta on September 24, 2011
We pray that you are at peace wherever you are! Happy 84th birthday to you.
Posted by Dr. Sanjiv Desai on August 4, 2011
I loved and respected him. I shall miss him forever. God makes less of such kind, it seems, of late.
Posted by Aditi Vahia on July 19, 2010
Madhukar Mama, you lived the proverb "Vidya vinay thi shobhe chhe". I am proud because I am a part of a family which had you. Will miss you always.
Posted by Sushrut And Moha Mehta on July 19, 2010
We were thinking of you today when we passed Target! "traje..." and Rohan and Pinku were missing you!
Posted by Dr. Sanjiv Desai on July 16, 2010
A person whose memories we cherish and value for his intelligence,quality of persona and love for physics. Very affectionate person. What a loss! Sanjiv-Gayatri
Posted by Samarth Vohra on July 15, 2010
Posted by Ila Mehta on July 9, 2010
Madhukaka, the full moon still seems closer than on other days..... will you come to tell me and stuti again why, if we asked?....the hollow in my tummy just refuses to go...
Posted by Alok Mehta on July 8, 2010
Dear Madhu Kaka, you were and will always remain my favourite kaka. So many memories, so vivid and so full.... Will write again.
Posted by Nishita Mehta on July 5, 2010
pranam madhu kaka...mane haji yaad chhe tame vadodara aavta hata tyare daddu saathe ghani badhi vaato karta ane ghana badha matters ma different point of view hova thi discussions karta..miss you
Posted by Ratna Mehta on July 4, 2010
Dear Daddy, We will always miss you...But you are in our hearts forever and ever. Your memories live on.
Ratna Utpal and Salil
Posted by Dick Sharad on July 4, 2010
We had the privilege of knowing Shri Madhukarbhai in brief meetings. He was a unique combination of high intellect, warm heart, natural sense of humor, and gentle attitudes. May God give him peace.
Posted by Kshitish Divatia on July 4, 2010
The science community in Gujarat will miss a great nuclear scientist and a gentleman with the highest ethical values in life. May his soul rest in peace.
Kshitiswh Divatia
Posted by Sushrut And Moha Mehta on July 3, 2010
Dear Daddy, We miss you! Sushrut, Moha, Rohan and Priyanka

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Posted by Chitra Sharad on September 25, 2019
Our limited interaction with Shri Madhukarbhai is quite fresh in our memory.  A wonderful specimen of human kind. He must be having peaceful living with the Deities in Heaven.
Dick Sharad
Posted by Alok Mehta on September 25, 2019
This day gave India and the Nuclear Sciences' world a gem; my dear Madhu Kaka.
Posted by Melvin Oakes on September 24, 2019
Pat and I will pause today to honor this lovely man and his family who have meant so much to us.
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Shared by Vibhav Parghi on April 24, 2013
O captain my captain Is what first comes to mind. The first conscious memory of my grand uncle was being told a story of the era of silent films. Complete with mimicry of the Charlie selling lemon water who also explained parts of the movie while going through the crowd. I was 10 years old I think. He told a story like no other. Quantum physics was also explained with the ease of a consummate wizard. Saying that he will be missed is an understatement. ' there lies Caesar ! Whence comes another ?' Vibhav parghi endocrinologist

You are an inseparable part of my Life, Sir

Shared by Bhaskar Shukla on March 8, 2013

It was 1989-Oct- when we met at VASCSC. You were working as the Director of the Institute.  You were smart looking, and had a influential personality.  I was deeply affected by your mere presence.  I was in the Accounts section.  Gradually, a special bond developed between us and I grew attached to you and your family as a whole.  The beginning of this relationship continued till you breathed your last and even now. 


I have been scolded a lot by you, but you were the one who loved me the most as well.  You were very particular in your work.  You would call me in the morning to remind me of a list of ‘To Do Today” tasks, which you had prepared. Once in office, you could never find that list and I started listing the tasks verbally; much to your surprise…You asked me, “How did you know?” I would reply, I know you well enough, sir…”


I was always under the impression that if you are an expert in English, no one can beat me in Gujarati language.  But too soon, my thoughts would be challenged, when you recited Late Shri Nimu Majmudar’s creations, I would be taken aback… so difficult were the choice of the poet’s words, that it was difficult for me to even read out, let alone memorize….In spite of being a scientist of such a commendable repute, your supreme command over the mother tongue is something that I still cannot believe.


You were the one to motivate me for our first foreign trip. You had personally guided me about very very small details like, how much currency to carry, in what form, where to keep the passport, how to keep the passport in my trouser belt pouch, … you even gave me your suits to be worn in the distant land… you treated me just like a small child, leaving home for hostel under the watchful eyes of the father…. I can never forget such deep affection for me.


Often, I was a part of the flavour of routine lives and the relationship you shared with respected Umabahen. I reminisce those days, when there would be a lot of intense interchange between sir and Bahenji, arguments and debates about little and common place things.  I was the sole witness and I simply loved the way you both interacted with each other, something that I learnt from, a lot. 


I learnt to deal with the pension related matters with lot of patience and perseverance.  You initiated me to the virtual world of sending mails.  Even at the age of 82 years, you insisted that I, my wife, Bhavna and daughter Pusha should come over to meet you, but not empty handed.  You asked us to bring ice cream and pizza and insisted on paying the cost. Pusha, currently, working as a Senior Engineer at L&T, has flourished under your blessings and guidance.  You made the subject of Physics so very simple for the students and useful in daily life. 


Your family shifted to Pune on July 2010.  Your residence is situated on the way from my home to current office, VIKSAT.  I cross your house four times a day and every time, my head bows down, remembering and respecting you.  In every room of my house in Ahmedabad, there are well treasured memoirs of your presence that I live with, day in and day out.  Out of all the valuables, the one that I cherish the most is your old wooden chair which I currently occupy in my bedroom, while watching T.V.  You are an inseparable part of my life and living. You made me what I am today.  My deep reverence for you and Umabahenji and my heartfelt wishes goes for the family members to prosper to the fullest.


With loving regards,

Bhaskar Shukla (bshukla252@gmail.com)

My Friend Madhukar..

Shared by Sushrut And Moha Mehta on July 8, 2010

 Remembering, Madhukar

We will miss him, but we will remember him for his ready smile, for his affection for all, and for his optimistic view which could bring sunshine into a conversation. In any situation, he had an anecdote, a story, an observation – and he could draw upon his store of experiences, in Physics, in social interactions, in Indian Science history, in Gujarati Science,with scientists and if you could get him started on the Nagar community you had much to learn. There were three Nagars in experimental nuclear or particle physics after independence –Madhukar, Ajay and I , we shared many a good experiences thru our lives.

We started physics together, though not in the same institutions. He worked with George
on nuclear reactions in Mumbai at TIFR, then he later went to Florida and got a Physics Ph.D. In nuclear physics. He could make machines work, do interesting research with resources at his  disposal. While Ajay went on to build the first large cylcotron in India, Madhukar worked at BARC on Van Der Graaf machines and other accelerators. With his nuclear connections and BARC connections he ended up at Vienna at the IAEA(?) and Uma and he stayed there for quite some years. He acquired the refined Vieneese love for good pastries and good coffee and let me now forget good wine. When during the last two decades, when Uma and Madhukar and Kanwal and I went out to enjoy sunny California and usually ended up taking lunch at some nice cafe or restaurant he really enjoyed it. He loved life and all it had to offer. He was a great host. We most remember the wonderful week with them in Ahmedabad seeing the sights, visiting my relatives,
regaling with Udayan and family. He was one of the pioneers, who put developed nuclear physics in India. He was a quite tall for a Gujarati and stood out in a group. He had a story for all occaisions. It was a real surprise when we came to Irvine to note that his son Shushrut had done his Ph.D in Irvine and also exciting was to find out that we had another connection through Moha – We knew Parikshit from long time ago.
Shushrut and Moha , you are blessed to be close to both parents.