Hyderabad, August 2: Popular scientist Pushpa Mitra Bhargava died in Hyderabad on Tuesday at 6 pm. PM Bhargava, 89, had been suffering from multiple health problems for some time. He played a vital role in the foundation of the CSIR-Centre for cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). Bhargava is survived by a son and a daughter. Also Read - Sandeep Nahar, Sushant Singh Rajput's co-star in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Dies by Suicide

PM Bhargava’s research career began in 1946 at Lucknow University. He started working for his PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at the age of 21. He worked first at the then Central Laboratories for Scientific and Industrial Research in Hyderabad, between 1950 and 1953. It is now called the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology – IICT and then at Osmania University, both at Hyderabad. In CCMB, he played an important role in the development and increased use of DNA fingerprinting (deoxyribonucleic acid) where the indigenous probe was developed by Lalji Singh and team. He received Padma Bhushan from the President of India in 1986. However, PM Bhargava returned it in 2015 as an act of protest against the Indian Governments active erosion of spaces for dissent within the country. Also Read - Tragic: 10-Year-Old Gurugram Boy Accidentally Hangs Himself While Playing With a Cloth Rope

PM Bhargava worked in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, and has travelled in over 50 countries. At least more than 125 scientist publications are produced by him. Bhargava internationally recognised molecular biologist, thinker and institution builder. He was also a rationalist and known for his campaigns against superstitions. Also Read - 70-Year-Old Man Collapses, Dies Just 25 Mins After Taking Covid-19 Vaccine; Exact Reason Unclear