Former TERI chief R.K. Pachauri dies at 79

His death was announced by TERI Director General Ajay Mathur.

Former TERI chief RK Pachauri died after a prolonged battle against heart illness at the Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi today, a day after he was put on life support.

In a statement, his family said Pachauri underwent a major heart surgery before succumbing to his deteriorating health on Thursday. Pachauri underwent open coronary heart surgical procedure on this hospital.

Doctor Pachauri had a coronary heart assault in Mexico in July final 12 months. "He was suffering from cardiac issues". The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has expressed grief over his dying. "Sad to know about the passing on of Nobel laureate R.K. Pachauri, founder chairman of TERI". In view of his important contribution within the discipline of surroundings, the Government of India honored him with the Padma Bhushan Award in 2001.

However, the environmentalist's excellence was overshadowed by a sexual harassment scandal involving a former woman colleague that culminated in his resignation from the prestigious institute in 2015. "He played a pivotal role in making us a leading organisation in the sustainability space", he added.

But before this episode, he had a distinguished career whose highest point came in October 2007 when he collected the Nobel peace prize as the head of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), jointly with former US Vice President Al Gore. In the statement issued by TERI, its Chairman Nitin Desai hailed Pachauri's contribution to global sustainable development as "unparalleled". Pachauri, however, consistently refuted the allegations.

During the court hearings, Pachauri had sought a speedy trial saying he and his family were suffering from hardship since 2015, when an FIR was lodged in the matter. An FIR was registered against Pachauri on February 13, 2015 and he was granted anticipatory bail in the case on March 21, 2015.