Former The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) chief Rajendra K Pachauri passed away on Wednesday after prolonged cardiac ailment. He was admitted to Escorts Heart Institute on Tuesday.
Rajinder K Pachauri, former Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, died on Thursday.
Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, the IPCC vice-chairman from 2002 to 2015, said coming from a developing country Pachauri should be credited for drawing the attention, long before others, to the importance of finding synergies between climate policies and sustainable developing agenda.
Pachauri resigned from Teri in 2015 in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment. Pachauri had multiple cardiac issues and doctors at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute said he had been put on life support three days ago.
A source quoted in the report stated that Pachauri had an open-heart surgery but was put on the ventilator.
A district court had in October 2018 framed molestation charges against Pachauri, who had repeatedly denied the allegations levelled against him.
After the FIR was registered in February 2015, Pachauri was given anticipatory bail the next month.
But Dr Pachauri was forced to step down from the panel in 2015 over sexual harassment accusations made by a staff member at an Indian environment institute he led.
Dr Pachauri - who helmed the the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for more than a decade - died in a New Delhi hospital late on Thursday (Feb 13) after undergoing open heart surgery this week, his family said.
Pachauri won civilian awards from India's government in 2001 and 2008.
Nitin Desai, chairman of TERI, described Dr Pachauri's contribution to global sustainable development as "unparalleled".
"His leadership of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change laid the ground for climate change conversations today", he said.
Pachauri was born on 20 August, 1940 in Nainital, Uttarakhand, and studied at La Martiniere College in Lucknow and at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar. He had served in several organisations in different positions before founding Teri.