Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Kumari L. A. Meera Memorial Trust

My friend and colleague, B. Ananthanarayan, requested that I spread the word about the Kumari L.A. Meera Memorial Trust:

Last November saw the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of L. A. Meera at the University of Pennsylvania in a senseless act of homicide. She had been a first year graduate student at the Physics Department there and the event took place over the Thanksgiving weekend. She had studied in St. Stephen's College Delhi and at IIT Madras, first for her M. Sc. in physics and then for an M. Tech in computer science, and then wanted to switch back to physics.

Meera's father founded a Trust in her memory, and recently the Trust established a web site that describes the activities of the Kumari L. A. Meera Memorial Trust. There is an extensive description of its activities. Here's a quick quote:

The Trust has instituted awards and prizes for the encouragement of excellence of Physics in the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and other educational institutions. The Trust organises Public Lectures, Seminars and Meetings in many parts of the country. These have been of interest both to experts and to the lay public.

Meera's personalilty and brief life touched the lives of many who are now scattered all over the world. The trust welcomes contributions from donors who would like to foster the activities of the sort the KLAMMT is involved in. The best way of getting in touch with the Trust is by mail, since there is no one managing the e-mail link at least at the moment.