Tapan K. Sarkar

Dear Colleagues, 

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Prof. Tapan K. Sarkar, Co-General Chair of 2021 IEEE CAMA, passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021. He was 72 years old.

He was a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Syracuse University, N.Y., USA. His current research interests dealt with numerical solutions of operator equations arising in electromagnetics and signal processing with application to system design.

He has authored or coauthored more than 300 journal articles and numerous conference papers and 32 chapters in books and fifteen books, including his most recent ones, Iterative and Self Adaptive Finite-Elements in Electromagnetic Modeling (Boston, MA: Artech House, 1998), Wavelet Applications in Electromagnetics and Signal Processing (Boston, MA: Artech House, 2002), Smart Antennas (IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons, 2003), History of Wireless (IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons, 2005), and Physics of Multiantenna Systems and Broadband Adaptive Processing (John Wiley & Sons, 2007), Parallel Solution of Integral Equation-Based EM Problems in the Frequency Domain (IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons, 2009), Time and Frequency Domain Solutions of EM Problems Using Integral Equations and a Hybrid Methodology (IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons, 2010) and Higher Order Basis Based Integral Equation Solver (HOBBIES) (John Wiley & Sons, 2012).   

Our Community has lost a friend, a colleague, and a leader. Prof. T. K. Sarkar was most well-known and highly respected in our AP society and throughout IEEE for his immense technical contributions, but for his depth of vision for, and forward-looking influence on many topics in electromagnetics. As past president of AP-S, he had an immeasurable passion for the betterment of AP-S and the development of new international AP-S conferences. That is why he has been from the beginning a strong supporter of our IEEE CAMA conference.

Prof. Sarkar is survived by his brothers, Debasis Sarkar of Baltimore, Maryland, USA and Aloke Sarkar and their daughter, Srijata, India.