Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Obituaries of the Months of November 2012

  • Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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  • Norodom Sihanouk: (89):Cambodia’s revered and charismatic former king whose life encompassed turbulent years of rule, exile and war including the Khmer Rouge reign of terror died on October 15 in Beijing. He quit the throne in October 2004, citing old age and health problems. 

    Keith Campbell (58): A British biologist whose scientific research helped the Ian Wilmut team to create Dolly the sheep in 1996, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell at the University of Ebinburgh’s Roslin Institute, died in London on October 5. 

    E. Donnall Thomas (92): US physician who pioneered bone marrow transplantation and its sister therapy, blood stem cell transplantation and later won the 1990 Nobel Prize in medicine for his ground breaking work related with the treatment of leukemia, died on October 20 in Seattle.  

    Eric Hobsbawn (95): UK’s one of the leading historians of the 20th century, a lifelong Marxist whose work influenced generations of historians and politicians, died on October 1 in London. 

    Antoni Dobrowolski (108): The oldest known survivor of the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, Birkenau, who ran secret classes during Germany’s brutal World War II occupation of Poland, when the local population was barred from receiving an education died on October 22 in Denbo, Poland.  

    Yash Chopra (80): Bollywood’s legendary director ‘king of Romance’ and head of its most powerful production house-Yash Raj Films (launched in 1971), who debuted as director with Dhool ka Phool (1959), won 4 Filmfare best director awards for Waqt (1965), Ittefaq (1969) Daag (1973) and Deewar (1975), and gave several hits with Big B like Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Trishul (1978). Kaala Patthar (1979) and Silsila (1981), revived romance in Bollywood with Chandani (1989), Lamhe (1991), Darr (1993), Dil to Pagal hai (1997) and Veer-Zara (2004), got Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 2005 and whose last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Yet to be released) died on October 21 in Mimbai. He directed over 35 films in his 53 years of filmy career. 

    Sunil Gangopadhyay (78): Noted Bengali litterateur, Sahitya Akademi president, author of over 200 books, and the founder editor of over 200 books, and the founder editor of kritibas, a seminal poetry magazine that started publishing in 1953 and become a platform for a new generation of poets experimenting with new forms died on October 23 in Kolkata. 

    Jaspal Bhatti (57): Well-known comedian and satirist famous for his shows Flops Show and Ulta Pulta on Doordarshan was killed in a road accident near Jalandhar on October 25.  

    Brajesh Mishra (84): A career diplomat and the country’s first National Security Advisor who played a key role in foreign policy matters and pushed for deeper engagement with the US, died in New Delhi on September 28.  

    Sasi Mohan (56): Veteran Tamil and Malayalam film director who directed over 30 films in his direction career, died on October 1 in Kannur, Kerala.

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