A tribute to Dr. S. R. Valluri, former director of CSIR-NAL

On January 23, 2019, the Indian scientific community lost its first Structural Integrity specialist of global repute. Dr. S.R. Valluri performed pioneering research at California Institute of Technology on the relationship between internal friction and metal fatigue

He continued to consult with leading US aerospace companies and laboratories on fatigue related problems for another decade before assuming the position of Director, National Aeronautical Laboratory, Bangalore. Dr. Valluri is credited with building the National Aerospace Laboratories into an institution of global repute in aerospace sciences and technology.

He was also the founding Director General of Aeronautical Development Agency that was entrusted with the development of the Light Combat Aircraft. To those who worked with him, Dr. Valluri was first and foremost, a human being of exceptional values and principles, who deeply appreciated the importance not only of excellence in research, but also the required degree of ethics in its pursuit. His autobiography brought out in 2006 (S.R. Valluri, Events in Life) provides a consolidated summary of a lifetime effort in institution building and leadership. It would make interesting reading for working managers and administrators of research institutions. It would also serve as an eye opener for young researchers as to the energy, perseverance and exceptional value system required to build and manage a premier research institution.

Condolence messages have been received by Dr. Raghu Prakash from fellow ICF Council Members from across the world, including Profs. Mike Ashby, Ronald Armstrong, Leslie Banks-Sills, Stefano Beretta, Raj Das, Abdel-Monem El-Batahgy, Mimoun Elboujdaini, Donato Firrao, Peter Flewitt, Colin Humphreys, Rhys Jones, Ravi-Chandar Krishnaswamy, Francesco Lacoviello, Thierry Palin-Luc, P. Rama Rao, Ares Rosakis, David Taplin and Toshi Yokobori.

On behalf of the entire INSIS membership and on behalf of my fellow office bearers and members of the INSIS Executive Council I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

R. Sunder

President, INSIS