Renowned polymer chemist and SS Bhatnagar prize winner Santappa passes away Winner of the CSIR's prestigious (प्रतिष्ठित) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize and renowned polymer chemist Dr M Santappa died here last night due to old age related ailments(बीमारियों) . He was 93. He is survived (बच गया) by his wife and five children. Dr Santappa has served as the former Vice Chancellor of Universityof Madras and Sri Venkateswara University, besides as former Director of the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI). Dr Santappa was known for his researches on the synthesis of graft copolymers, the properties of macromolecules, and osmotic techniques. He was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, one of the highest Indian Science Awards, in 1967, for his contributions to Chemical Sciences. The award was given by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research. Dr Santappa was also the recipient of the Sir JC Ghosh Memorial Medal of the Indian Chemical Society in 1982, the FICCI Award for Science and Technology in 1985, the Seva Ratna Award and the VOICE Award for Science and Technology. Dr Santappa is an elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India, Royal Institute of Chemistry and New York Academy of Sciences, and a founder fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Chennai.