The Passing of Indian Cold Fusion Researcher Mahadeva Srinivasan
Our friend and colleague Dr. Mahadeva Srinivasan passed away on August 31, 2020 at the age of 83. He was a consummate professional, a true gentleman and served as a real flag-bearer for the cold fusion field. He worked diligently over the years to get people to work together—researchers, countries, publishers with authors. Srinivasan was well-known as a proponent of cold fusion research in India, encompassing his own work as an experimental physicist. When the Pons-Fleischmann cold fusion announcement came in March 1989, Srinivasan and his team at Bhahba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) were already working on fusion projects. BARC Director P.K. Iyengar asked Srinivasan to coordinate cold fusion work. At any one time, he was overseeing up to 12 different groups/divisions doing work related to cold fusion. All of the various BARC groups confirmed observing sporadic emission of neutrons and tritium in PdD2O experiments.
See the Infinite Energy memorial tribute published in Issue 153.
Details about Dr. Srinivasan’s work at BARC can be found in numerous locations, including a 1994 interview with Cold Fusion magazine and a 2011 Infinite Energy article by Marianne Macy based on an oral history. In 2011, Srinivasan's paper “Neutron Emission in Bursts and Hot Spots: Signature of Micro-Nuclear Explosions?,” from a 2010 American Chemical Society session, was printed in Infinite Energy.
The Preface and many of the papers from a publication compiled by Srinivasan and Iyengar, BARC Studies in Cold Fusion, are linked from a special BARC page in the lenr-canr.org library. Many of his papers are available to download in the index of the lenr-canr library by searching Srinivasan in author name.
Dr. Srinivasan served as chairman of the 16th International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF16) in 2011, and was successful in getting Indian news outlets to cover the conference. Overviews of ICCF16 were published in Infinite Energy #96 by David Nagel and Marianne Macy.
In 2015, Dr. Srinivasan and Dr. Andrew Meulenberg co-edited a special edition of the Indian journal Current Science, with 34 papers on cold fusion/LENR. See the Infinite Energy #120 story about the important publication.
Dr. Srinivasan’s friend and colleague Chaganti Maithreya wrote a memorial that will appear in Issue 154 of Infinite Energy, highlighting other areas of interest studied by Dr. Srinivasan, including theosophy and occult chemistry. In 2001, Infinite Energy reprinted a 1994 article by Srinivasan that appeared in The Hindu Sunday Magazine, “‘Occult Chemistry’: The Amazing Phenomenon of Extra-Sensory Perception of Nuclear Structure and Subatomic Particles.”
A memorial Facebook page has been set up.