Scientist and science fiction writer Gokulananda Mohapatra died at an Ahmedabad hospital on Wednesday night. His body was flown to Odisha on Thursday. The body was taken to Utkal University and Ravenshaw University. It was finally kept at his home in Dolamundai before being taken to Khannagar crematorium. Mohapatra (92) leaves behind two sons and three daughters.
Mahapatra was born in Bhadrak, Odisha. He went on to do MSc from the University of Calcutta and was honored with Phd from the Utkal University. He also pursued FIC (Fellow in Chemistry) degree at Brandeis University (Boston, MA). He retired as the Head of the Department of Ravenshaw University.
He was honoured with Odisha Sahitya Akademi award in 1986, Kalinga Puraskar in 2010 and R K Parija Samman for his contribution to science literature in Oriya. He also founded Odisha Bigyan Prachar Samhiti.
He has written more than 70 science fictions and books for children such as Krutrima Upagraha, Pruthibi Bahare Manisha and Chandra ra Mrutyu.