From The Editor’s Desk
This month's piece brings us the sad news of the passing away of Dr GP Nair, Hon. Editorial Advisor of COLOURAGE. He was one of those few persons who remained a perennial student and servant to the field of Textile Chemistry, and was happy to dedicate his professional life to the pursuit of the same.
By education, he had to his credit a M.Sc. Degree in Organic Chemistry, which he followed with a Ph. D. Degree in Textile Chemistry. He also successfully completed a 4-Semester Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies conducted by Bombay University.
His professional career embodied the path of keen struggle and growth that many doyens in the textile chemistry field experienced before they attained their legendary status. He worked his way up from the grassroots level before attaining senior positions that were becoming of his true knowledge and qualifications. He first joined ATIRA as Senior Scientific Officer in Chemical Technology Division, where he successfully led several mill-sponsored projects such as hydrosulphite substitution in vat dyeing, soil-release finish for permanent press fabrics and differential dyeing effects in 100% cotton fabrics. He then worked as Research Chemist in the R&D section of Century Mills, Mumbai, where he introduced many new developments in cotton processing of the mills. Thereafter he joined Empire Dyeing, Mumbai, as Development Chemist and then became Dy. Q. C. Manager. He then moved to National Textile Corporation (M.N.) Ltd. Mumbai, as their Quality Control Manager, and then became Manager (Processing), Production Manager and General Manager of India United Mills. He then joined Sunil Industries Ltd., as their Technical Director. He was also Advisor/Director/Consultant to several textile process houses, Textile research institutes and Universities.
What was not reflected in his glittering CV was the passion with which he worked. He would often undertake extensive research on subjects of choice, and his ability to translate them into written works was matched by very few. It is this same passion and attention to detail that allowed him to write his series on Textile Processing Machinery in COLOURAGE uninterrupted for almost 20 years.
He had over 350 technical publications and 5 patents to his credit. He finds mention in Marquis Who's Who in the World 2014 (31st Edition) as one of the leading and exceptional achievers in the textile field around the world.
We, at COLOURAGE, offer our deepest condolences to the family in this hour of bereavement. May his soul rest in peace.
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