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Saturday January 26, 2013

Surat (Shiri) P. Srivastava
Passed away Jan 22, 2013, at home in Vancouver, B. C. Shiri was born in 1937 in India, the middle of ten children. He pursued a research career in geophysics, first studying at IIT Kharagpur, and then moving to Canada to do a PhD at the University of British Columbia. It was at UBC that he met his wife, Vivien. Their daughter Diane was born in 1969. Shiri and Vivien were hired at the newly opened Bedford Institute of Oceanography, in the mid 1960s. This was an exciting period in geophysics, when the theory of plate tectonics was first being developed, and Shiri was at the forefront of this research.
  His most important scientific contributions were the reconstruction of the North Atlantic through geologic time and co- ordinating Canada's involvement in the Ocean Drilling Program. In 1974 he was honoured by the naming of an underwater island after him: Seamount Srivastava. He loved to travel, and especially enjoyed winters in Goa. He also loved to cook for and socialize with friends, and was famous for his tandoori chicken. Shiri is remembered by his daughter Diane, and family and friends, as a gentle, loving and generous soul, and will be missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MOSAIC ( A memorial gathering will be held on February 10, 2013 in Halifax. Email for details.

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