RK Pachauri died
RK Pachauri, 79, founder director of New Delhi-based think tank The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) and former chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), passed away on 13 February 2020. He was battling cardiac ailments and was put on life support in a Delhi hospital on 12 February 2020. He had undergone open heart surgery at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute after suffering a stroke in Mexico in July last year.
- Under his leadership, IPCC got the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with former US vice-president Al Gore. The prize recognised IPCC for its "efforts to build and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures needed to counteract such change." He headed the body from 2002 to 2015.
- Pachauri resigned from Teri in 2015 in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment.
- Pachauri became chief executive of Teri in 1981 and headed the institute for more than three decades. He had to quit his post of executive vice-chairman in 2015 in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment, stalking and criminal intimidation.
- In October 2018, a Delhi court had framed molestation charges against Pachauri, who had denied the charges. The court had given him anticipatory bail in 2015.
- Pachauri was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2001 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008.
- An alumnus of the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar, Pachauri served in various positions in the Indian Railways, including at the Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi.
- He had served in several organisations in different positions before founding Teri.