ForeverMissed

Professor Periakaruppan T. Manoharan remains in our hearts forever as a noble man, great scientist and a unique personality.

Posted by Sathish V on April 23, 2020
Prof. Harry B Gray , Cal Tech, talk about Late. Prof. P.T.Manoharan, IITM.
Please have a look. (5.40 to 7.45 minutes)
The link is : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2imn1o3oAQ
Posted by Chandramouli Gadisetti on March 6, 2020
The philosophy I have learned from Prof. Manoharan is about positive thinking. He told me that one should respond positively if asked for help, because it builds our attitude and improves our capabilities. I learned from him that progressive way is better than conservative style. I miss a great leader like Prof. Manoharan.
Posted by Chandramouli Gadisetti on February 23, 2020
Prof. Manoharan shined light into hundreds and thousands of lives by his kindness all through his life. With highest respect and gratitude, I pray that "May his soul attain the supreme divinity and Moksha".
Posted by Chandramouli Gadisetti on February 21, 2020
It will be a year on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 since Prof. Manoharan passed away. In the eternal memory of our beloved Dr. P. T. Manoharan, please join us for his "Shraaddham" to pay homage to his Divine Soul on Sunday 23rd February at 8:30 am IST.

                         --- Family members of Prof. Manoharan.
Posted by Balaji S on June 27, 2019
My beloved Professor P T Manoharan, Ph.D.
திருமங்கலத்தில் பிறந்தாய் ! தினம்தோறும் உழைத்தாய்!! உலகதிசைதோறும் சென்றாய்!!! வென்றாய் !!!!
பல அற்புத அறிவியல் ஆய்வு கட்டுரைகளை உலகக்கு தந்தாய்!. சிறந்த பேராசியர், சிறந்த துனை வேந்தர் இவற்றுக்கும் மேல் சிறந்த மனிதர் என்பதற்கு எடுத்துக்காட்டாய் விளங்கினாய்!!
தந்தையாய், நண்பராய், ஆசிரியானாய், நலன்விருபியாய், குடும்ப தலைவனாய், சிறந்த மேலாண்மையாய், என சொல்லிக்கொண்டே போகலாம் உம்சிறப்பை!! பல வாழ்க்கை போராட்டங்களை கடந்தாய் ! நின்றாய்!! வென்றாய் !!!
காலத்தின் கோலம், உம்மை இழந்தோம். தங்களின் இழப்பு எங்களுக்கு மட்டுமல்ல, இந்திய அறிவியலுக்கும் பேரிழப்புதான்.
இன்று எங்களோடு நீர் இல்லையென்றாலும், எங்களை வாழவைத்து எங்களுக்குள் எப்பொழுதும் நீ வாழ்வாய்.
உமக்கு (திரு) மங்களம் , (திரு) மங்களம். 
வாழ்க உன் புகழ் !!!
உம்மோடு இருந்த தருணங்களின் நிகழ்வுகளை நினைவுகூர்ந்தபடியே.......... 
பாலாஜி சம்பந்தம் Ph.D., South Korea
Posted by Pravat Mandal on April 26, 2019
Professor Manoharan was like my second father, A true teacher and motivator. He made me what I am today. It is my personal loss as I have lost someone who can not be replaced for ever.
May Sir's soul rest in peace.
Pravat Mandal
Posted by Venkatesh Balan on March 19, 2019
A honest hard working professor who taught me how science can positively change my life. I was blessed to be one his student and learned the skills to make meaningful changes in peoples lives with scientific discoveries. I looked at him as my father and approached him whenever I needed guidance at tough times and shared my happiness when I was able to achieve success. He treated me as one of his family member and will miss his presence for the rest of my life.
Posted by Ramasamy Pandian on March 19, 2019
Professor P.T. Manoharan was a distinguished scientist, an inspiring professor and above all a truly impressive human being. He touched the lives of each and every person who worked with him. I had the great chance of being a Research Associate in his research group. I recall the excellent time, we were working together in RSIC, IIT-Madras and The Ohio State University, Columbus. He will be remembered forever for his guidance in academic and personal life.
Posted by Somasundaram Ramasamy on March 18, 2019
Professor P.T. Manoharan will be missed forever.
A great Scientist, a wonderful teacher, an able administrator, and a great human being - an excellent combination made him to be greatly admired by the Scientific community, by all his students and by his colleagues.
It was November 22, 1993... I had my first chance to meet Prof PTM and talk to him. Ever since, I remember most of his words, during all my conversation with Professor PTM. The ever first Air travel I had in my life was with Professor PTM, while I attended a conference with him in Dijon, France. My days with Professor PTM at Dr. Rifkind’s lab in NIH, Baltimore are memorable ones. I have always felt I was very lucky that Professor PTM visited us few times and stayed with us, during our years in Baltimore.
We (my family) had a chance to visit Professor PTM during our last trip to Chennai, in mid 2017. I greatly admire all his qualities, including his organized way of life, the well-disciplined diet and the good health he always maintained.
Professor P.T.Manoharan will be missed forever.
Posted by Murugesan Velayutham on March 15, 2019
Prof. PTM was an exemplary human being, able teacher, dedicated scientist, and good administrator. He treated his colleagues, friends, RSICians, and students with the same respect even after became the vice chancellor of University of Madras. He was certainly a special person and I am a better person for having known him.
Murugesan Velayutham
Posted by Sheila Peters on March 10, 2019
PTM‘s passing away shocked me beyond words. When I last met him 3 years ago, he seemed the same energetic, driven person and we talked about so many different things from personal exchanges to politics, so typical of him. He embodied values that made him an extraordinary leader – integrity, accountability, diligence…. A thorough gentleman, humane to the core, he helped shape the lives of so many students. Being his PhD student was the best thing that happened to me. If not for his encouragement and support, I would never have completed my PhD. He went out of his way to give me letters of recommendation, when he got to know that I was applying for some positions – I did not even have to ask him! I wonder how many professors will take time off their busy schedules to do that for their students? With his enormous capacity to inspire, he went on to have a strong influence on me even after I left the portals of IIT. In so many ways, I owe what I am today, to him. His death has left me grieving like the way I did for my own parents. I hope I speak for all his students when I say, that his life may have ended, but he will continue to live in our hearts forever. May his soul rest in peace!
Posted by Sethulakshmi Kartha on March 8, 2019
PT was friend philosopher guide for me starting from my Master's project to Ph. D thesis advisor and beyond. He was my mentor and a large part of my life for nearly 45 years - there was no disconnect there. His energy and enthusiasm as a scientist was so well matched by his personal understanding of each of his student's life situation and was always a well wisher and a positive role model all along. It was very fortunate I could visit him very recently - he will always be remembered with a lot of love and respect by all the student family I am sure.
Posted by Sornam Sankar on March 7, 2019
Professor PTM was a great scientist well known in his research area but he paid great attention to his students whenever they needed his advice including on personal issues. Since he himself was raised from a very humble background, he was able to emotionally connect with the problems of his students who came to IIT from diverse backgrounds and from remote parts of India. He seriously wanted Indian universities and research institutions to be tuned to the majority of Indian students but at the same time keeping up to the international standards. Personally he was a great mentor because he shaped my knowledge, thoughts and habits. There are many nice stories to tell about his influence on me and I will write them separately later.
Posted by Murali Cherukuri on March 7, 2019
I had the good fortune of being a student in his department. He was a solid spectroscopist with rigor and passion in his research. He was also a great teacher. He also took care f his Ph. D students as his own kids! He was a religious man and a good spectroscopist. One statement I remember from his class on spectroscopy: "God did a favour to organic chemists using NMR to identify their synthetic products. HE limited 13C at 1 % so that they did not have to decouple in 1H NMR spectroscopy"
Posted by Chandramouli Gadisetti on March 7, 2019
A shining star is resting in peace. I think of him as a legend. A famous scientist of the nation with international repute. There are so many niceties to think of Prof PTM in my decades of association with him. He was a friend, philosopher, guide, loving and caring individual besides being my mentor. He was my Guru not only academically but also personally.

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Posted by Sathish V on April 23, 2020
Prof. Harry B Gray , Cal Tech, talk about Late. Prof. P.T.Manoharan, IITM.
Please have a look. (5.40 to 7.45 minutes)
The link is : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2imn1o3oAQ
Posted by Chandramouli Gadisetti on March 6, 2020
The philosophy I have learned from Prof. Manoharan is about positive thinking. He told me that one should respond positively if asked for help, because it builds our attitude and improves our capabilities. I learned from him that progressive way is better than conservative style. I miss a great leader like Prof. Manoharan.
Posted by Chandramouli Gadisetti on February 23, 2020
Prof. Manoharan shined light into hundreds and thousands of lives by his kindness all through his life. With highest respect and gratitude, I pray that "May his soul attain the supreme divinity and Moksha".
his Life

Great Scientist

Professor Dr. Manoharan, PhD, FNA, FASc, FTWAS, FWIF was a top level scientist in India, a well known academician internationally and recognized by several awards and honors.  He was professor of chemistry and the founder of Regional Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre at Indian Institute of Technology Chennai.  A powerful academician at national level. Served as a vice chancellor to university of Madras.  Published hundreds of scientific articles.

He trained numerous research students in the areas of EPR, NMR, Optical, X-ray Photoelectron and Mössbauer spectroscopies, theoretical chemistry, and single crystal X-ray crystallography.  He used to say that his strength is his students.  They are numerous now, living all over the world.  He is praised by people for his self-discipline, sincerity, leadership, and academic excellence. 

He was born to K. P. Thangaiah and Sivabakiam in the town Tirumangalam located near Madurai. He obtained Masters degree from university of Madras, and doctorate from Columbia university at New York where his thesis advisor was Professor Harry B. Gray. After postdoctoral research with Prof. Max T. Rogers at Michigan state university in USA he became a faculty member of Indian Institute of Technology, at Kanpur, India.  Later he joined Indian Institute of Technology at Madras and established RSIC.

Professor Manoharan is survived by his wife Kanakavalli, daughter Uma, son Navin Kumar, and grandsons Vaishakhan and Vishnu.

Recent stories

Forever in our Hearts

Shared by Chandramouli Gadisetti on February 21, 2020
It was a year on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 since Prof. Manoharan passed away according to the lunar calendar.  In the eternal memory of our beloved Dr. P. T. Manoharan, a ceremony "Shraaddham" was performed by his family to pay homage to his Divine Soul on Sunday 23rd February at 8:30 am IST at his residence.

Remembering T.N. Seshan

Shared by Chandramouli Gadisetti on November 11, 2019
It is not exaggeration to mention that T.N. Seshan (Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan) brought recognition to Chief Election Commissioner position itself. Once Prof. Manoharan took me to an Intercollegiate debate competition at Chennai where T.N. Seshan and himself were judges. I got a chance to meet Seshan after the competition as they were casually chatting about education system.  It is an interesting memory in my life.  With profound sadness, I would make this remark, that Seshan followed Prof. Manoharan within a few months (on November 10, 2019). May his soul rest in peace! 

As vice chancellor of Madras university

Shared by Chandramouli Gadisetti on June 5, 2019

Professor Manoharan was appointed as the vice chancellor of Madras university in 1997. Being a former student of Madras university (M.Sc. 1959), he wished to bring back its past glory. He mentioned in an interview (Rediff NEWS, 1999), "...I wanted to recreate that a university is a place of culture, a place for scholarships, a place for the creation of knowledge".  His vision was to modernize the university, improve its education system on par to the developed countries, appoint brilliant faculty members and modernize the infrastructure.  He accomplished a lot during his tenure until 1999.