The passing away of Padma Shri Dr. B.P. Radhakrishna on 26 Jan 2012 at the ripe age of 94 marks the end of an era in Indian Geology. BPR, as he was affectionately known, strode the scene of Indian Earth Sciences like a colossus for a span of nearly five decades. The void left by his demise will be well nigh impossible to fill for a long time to come. He was a single-man institution dedicated to the cause of Earth Sciences in this country, who guided, inspired, advised and also admonished at times all those who came under his influence and also those who, in his opinion, had a potential to contribute to the growth of the earth sciences in this country. He steered them on to the path of self-reliance and originality in all their endeavours. He lived a full and active life till the end and died in harness, as he had always wanted to.
It is a daunting task for anyone to summarize his life and work and pay a tribute to his multi-faceted personality, particularly at this juncture, when we are overwhelmed by his sudden departure.