Funding a new graduate scholarship in Honour of Dr. M.K. Sundaresan

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dr. MK Sundaresan (Sundar) was born in Chennai (Madras) India on Sept. 2, 1929.  He started his career in theoretical physics as a PhD student of Hans Bethe at Cornell. He returned to India but moved to Canada to work at the National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa in 1957. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor at Carleton University in 1961. His subsequent career was intimately bound up with the Department of Physics. He rose rapidly through the ranks, becoming a Full Professor in 1965 and Chair of the department in 1978, in which position he served for a total of seven years. He also served on many university-level committees, including chairing the all-important Senate Budget Review Committee. On his retirement in 1994 he was appointed a Distinguished Research Professor, and remained active in research and teaching for many years.

To honour Sundar’s legacy, this fundraising campaign is aimed at establishing a memorial scholarship in his honour that will be awarded to a Carleton student in the Theoretical Physics program.

Our eventual goal is to raise $25,000 to fully endow this scholarship and allow us to continue providing scholarships to deserving physics students each year. Once endowed, this award – and Dr. Sundaresan’s memory – will exist in perpetuity, supporting generations of innovative physicists for years to come.

For more information on Dr. Sundar and to give to the scholarship, please visit: