Dr. Ramdas P Shenoy, former Director of the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), a unit under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bangalore, passed away after a brief illness, on 16th Aug 2012, according to a statement issued by the DRDO.
"Considered the father of Radar research and development in the country and an internationally acclaimed expert in Radar, Dr. Shenoy was the Director of LRDE from 15 Nov 1973 to 27 April 1987" the press release states. He initiated the development of many contemporary radars in DRDO, many of which are presently in service with the armed forces. He was also responsible for the development of many communication systems for the armed forces.
He was one of the first Distinguished Scientists of DRDO and was conferred the Padma Shri award by the Government of India in 1987. After his retirement from DRDO in 1989, he pursued his research interests as a visiting professor in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the DRDO in 2002. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.