Another Dead Scientist - Vadake Srinivasan
March 13, 2004
The man who crashed his car into a guardrail at LSU Thursday and later died at Baton Rouge General Medical Center was an emeritus professor of biological sciences, LSU Police Maj. Rick Adams said.
He was 78.
Vadake Srinivasan, originally from India, apparently suffered a stroke before losing control of his car, said Kristine Calongne, assistant director of University Relations.
Emergency Medical Services took Srinivasan to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Adams said.
Srinivasan came to LSU as an assistant professor of microbiology in 1965, and retired nearly 15 years ago, Calongne said.
Srinivasan was one of the most-accomplished and respected industrial biologists in academia, and held two doctorate degrees, a university relations news release says.
He had an international reputation as a scholar, making headlines in the 1970s for a fermentation process that converts sugar cane wastes to protein and glucose, another LSU news release says.
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