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Monday, February 11, 2013

Dr. M.A. Gopinath: Obituary

Prof. Dr. Malur Aji Gopinath (M.A. Gopinath), 1940-2013.

"It is with a deep sense of shock and sorrow we inform you the sad demise of Prof. M.A. Gopinath, former Professor and Head, Documentation Research &Training Centre and Member-Secretary, Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science, on Sunday, 10th February 2013 at about 12.00 Noon following a Cardiac arrest."
Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science

  • Former Professor and Head Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC) Indian Statistical Institute (ISI),
  • Former Visiting Professor, North Carolina Central University, Raleigh / Durham, N.C., USA.

Publications (select list):
His books found in the Library of Congress
  • Classificationist and the study of the structure and development of the universe of subjects, by A. Neelameghan. Classification research 1963-1967. Trend report (India) by M. A. Gopinath. 1967
  • Prolegomena to library classification, by S. R. Ranganathan. Assisted by M. A. Gopinath. 1967
  • Colon classification / by S.R. Ranganathan. 1987
  • Lectures on conceptual knowledge processing / M.A. Gopinath ; prologue by S. Parthasarathy ; edited by A. Neelameghan]. 2001
  • Classification research, India, 1968-1973 / by M. A. Gopinath. 1974
  • Construction of depth version of Colon classification : a manual / M.A. Gopinath. 1986

I am deeply grieved to inform that Prof M.A. Gopinath is no more. About half an hour ago he had a massive heart attack and passed away. He was an eminent scholar in the field of Library Science. May his soul rest in peace.Dr Rangashri Kishore ( Niece of Dr Gopinath).
It is unfortunate and sorrowful to every professional to know about sad demise of Prof Gopinath (formerly from DRTC) today afternoon after massive heart attack, I join thousands of professional frnds around the world to condole his death and pray almighty to give peace to his soul. Prof. Laxman Rao.

I am deeply saddened to hear this morning from ARD Prasad that Prof Gopinath is no more. I had known Gopi since 1969, when I joined Ranganathan as his Research Assistant. In fact, when Gopi moved to DRTC as a faculty member in 1969, I took over from him as Ranganathan's Research Assistant. It was Gopi who initiated me to Ranganathan's style of working and who helped me a lot in my initial days. We were good friends and I fondly remember Gopi and Prof Seetharama,  visiting us in Jamshedpur, when I was with XLRI, and spending two days with us. My sincere condolences to the bereaved family. 
P. Jayarajan.

He  was a great  human being and great teacher.   He will live for ever in the hearts of  many LIS professionals. May his soul rest in peace! Madaiah Krishnamurthy. 

Great loss to library professionals.  K Visweswarappa.

I am extremely sorry to hear the demise of Dr M.A.Gopinath who needs no introduction to Indian LIS professionals. Concurrent with the establishment of DRTC, Mr Gopinath joined Dr S. R. Ranganathan  as his Research Assistant, graduated from DRTC in early 70s, served as  a faculty,moved to North  Carolina University as a visiting professor,and back in Bangalore spent rest of his life. Dr Gopinath will be always remembered along with Dr SR Ranganthan as the coauthor of classic book Prolegomena to library classification. My association with Dr Gopinath dates back to 1967 when I joined DRTC as a student  and later working with him closely as the Joint Secretary of Mysore Library Association (now Karnataka State Library Association). May Dr Gopinath's  soul rest in peace. Deva B. Eswara Reddy
I really feel shocked to know about the untimely and sad demise of Prof.M.A.Gopinath.I had known Prof. Gopinath for several decades as a committed and intelligent LIS professional and had always held him in high esteem for his simplicity,intelligence and academic integrity.I still remember the academic discussion I have had with him in the Viva-voce examination for his Ph.D Thesis at Dharwar University and always felt that he was quite unique in several ways.I hereby convey my heartfelt sympathy for the family and pray that He may give them sufficient of strength to bear this irreparable loss with courage and fortitude. I also pray that the departed soul may rest in peace. Prof.P.B.Mangla 

I am shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing away of Prof. Gopinath. An erudite scholar, a prolific author with a smiling and cheerful disposition, Prof.Gopinath will be sorely missed by the library science fraternity.My sincere condolences to the members of the bereaved family for this untimely loss. May his soul rest in peace. Prof.J.B.Subramaniam

I am sorry to know about demise of Prof. GOPINATH. He was a great scholar and excellent human being.  May God grant him eternal peace. KRISHAN KUMAR

I am deeply grieved and saddened to know sad demise of Prof Gopinath. Our association dates back to 1977. He has been my , inspiration,guide and mentor. It is great loss to profession as he had been a great scholar, writer, professor and great human being.
P K Varma, BHEL New Dehi

I am shocked to learn of the sudden passing away of Prof. Gopinath. He is great teacher, friend and philosopher. For me he is more than my father. I cant control my tears of eyes reading this news. May his sou; rest in peace. T. B. Ghosh

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