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Obituary: Arun Fotedar

Cell Division
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
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DOI: 10.1186/1747-1028-2-29
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Abstract ral ss BioMed CentCell Division Open AcceCommentary Obituary: Arun Fotedar Rati Fotedar and Robert L Margolis* Address: Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, 10905 Road to the Cure, San Diego, CA 92121, USA Email: Rati Fotedar - [email protected]; Robert L Margolis* - [email protected] * Corresponding author In Memoriam: Arun Fotedar, M.D., Ph.D. (1954– 2007) It is with great sorrow that we note the passing of Arun Fot- edar, a great friend to many, an outstanding scientist and colleague. He leaves all of those who survive him with won- derful memories, and, as with all lives that are brutally abbreviated, he leaves us also with the inevitable thoughts of mortality and the meaning of it all. On July 9, 2007, at the peak of his career, and as he was striking out in yet another a new research direction (as was his habit), he was taken from us with horrible swiftness by sudden hepatic failure. As an intellect, Arun was formidable. Conversations with him on a wide variety of topics were always rewarding, and he was stunningly good at evaluating the published work that constantly poured forth, plucking the wheat from the chaff. He had been a child prodigy in his native Kashmir (India). He was fascinated by science already at a young age. By skipping many grades he found himself attending medical school in Kashmir at the age of 16. His M.D., it turned out, was an interlude. When he was mature enough to go off to New Delhi he entered a Ph.D. program at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and pursued his dream of a career in research. Arun was considered among the brightest students. "His (Arun's) innate brightness was obvious", remarks a friend of thirty years. Throughout his career, it was his habit to change gears and to pursue what was new and amusing to him, always build- ing on his past experience while striking out in new direc- tions. He began by studying microbiology and the immunology of leprosy at AIIMS, and early on developed a vaccine for Myco

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