Dr. Sudhir Sen, retired professor of physics, Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2024.
Born in Silchar, Assam, India on January 1, 1936, he had his early education in his home state. He then came to Calcutta for further studies and earned B.Sc. Honors and M.Sc. degrees in Physics from Calcutta University in 1956 and 1959 respectively. After teaching in India at college level for several years, he came to The University of Texas at Austin in 1967 to pursue graduate studies and received a PhD degree in physics in 1972. Since then, Dr. Sen, a Nuclear Physicist, has held staff/faculty positions at University of Notre Dame, IN, Laval University, Quebec, Canada, Indian Institute Technology, Kanpur, India, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Emory & Henry College, VA, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, and Thomas More College, from where he retired in 2003 after 16 years of service. During these years, he taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels, guided doctoral students and travelled extensively, giving seminars in universities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, Switzerland and India and published many articles in professional journals.
As a teacher, he had the uncanny ability to communicate the most intricate ideas in a simple and understandable way without sacrificing rigor. As a person, Dr. Sen was a very caring and compassionate individual, who would go out of his way to help others, not necessarily closely connected with him. His contagious smile, quiet grace, humility, generosity and genuine love have touched whoever came in contact with him. After retiring from professional life, his interests turned inwards, in search of the Truth of our being, in pursuit of the knowledge of who we really are, and what is the purpose of our existence.
He is survived by a sister and two nephews whom live in India, and many friends and students in different countries all over the world.
Services are at the convenience of the family.