Tapan K. Sarkar, Ph.D.

1948 - 2021



Tapan K. Sarkar, Ph.D., 72, of Syracuse, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 2:36 p.m. in Upstate University Hospital.  Born in India on August 2, 1948.  Dr. Sarkar received the B Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1969, the M.Sc.E. degree from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada, in 1971, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, in 1975.    From 1975 to 1976, he was with the TACO Division of the General Instruments Corporation. He was with the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, from 1976 to 1985. He was a Research Fellow at the Gordon McKay Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, from 1977 to 1978. He is now a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Syracuse University. His current research interests deal with numerical solutions of operator equations arising in electromagnetics and signal processing with application to system design.

He obtained one of the “best solution” awards in May 1977 at the Rome Air Development Center (RADC) Spectral Estimation Workshop. He received the Best Paper Award of the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility in 1979 and in the 1997 National Radar Conference. 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).   Dr. Sarkar is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York. He received the College of Engineering Research Award in 1996 and the Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Research in 1998 at Syracuse University. He was an Associate Editor for feature articles of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Newsletter (1986-1988), Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility (1986-1989), Chairman of the Inter-commission Working Group of International URSI on Time Domain Metrology (1990–1996), distinguished lecturer for the Antennas and Propagation Society from (2000-2003,2011-present), Member of Antennas and Propagation Society ADCOM (2004-2007), on the board of directors of ACES (2000-2006), vice president of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES), a member of the IEEE Electromagnetics Award board (2004-2007) and an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (2004-2010). He is also on the editorial board of Digital Signal Processing – A Review Journal, Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications and Microwave and Optical Technology Letters. He is the chair of the International Conference Technical Committee of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society # 1 on Field Theory and Guided Waves. He is a member of Sigma Xi and International Union of Radio Science Commissions A and B. He is also the president of OHRN Enterprises, Inc., a small business incorporated in New York state (1985) performing various research work for various organizations in system analysis. 

He received Docteur Honoris Causa both from Universite Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand, France in 1998, from Politechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain in 2004, and from Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland in 2012. He received the medal of the friend of the city of Clermont Ferrand, France, in 2000.

Dr. Sarkar is survived by his brothers, Debasis Sarkar of Baltimore, Maryland and Aloke (Shampa) Sarkar and their daughter, Srijata all of India; and many cousins.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021 9 a.m. at the Cremation Center at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Delaney Greabell Adydan Funeral Home has care of arrangements.  To view the service remotely please visit Thursday anytime after 8:15 a.m.

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Yehuda Leviatan

March 24, 2021 10:28 AM

I was deeply saddened to hear that Tapan passed away and as I write these words many fond memories of him, too many to write down, go through my mind. I have known Tapan since 1979 when I came to Syracuse to pursue my doctoral studies under the supervision of Roger Harrington. At that time, he was already a faculty member at RIT  but he taught courses which I took at SU. Despite the gap in academic seniority between us, we became friends and we shared mutual appreciation for each other's creativity and talents. Over the years thereafter we met occasionally at conferences. He visited my home in Haifa in 1987 (during the URSI conference) and I have been to his home in Syracuse several times. My family liked him and my elder son remembers Tapan telling him enthusiastically to go get the free ice cream served during one of the coffee breaks at a PIERS meeting in Boston.  Tapan was a witty person and a giant (in both meanings) in our field. He was a most unique person and I know he lived a rich life. I will miss him. I already do. May his soul rest in peace.

Evan Wayton

March 23, 2021 2:37 PM

Dr. Sarkar poured himself into the pursuit of unveiling the mysteries of EM theory, and provided explanations to questions which others thought were unanswerable. He made the world a better place.
Evan Wayton

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March 21, 2021 3:45 PM

My famiy and I had a special relation with Tapan. It is difficult to explain and summarize it in few words, but I will try.

He was neither my colleague, nor my professor. In fact, I never understood too much of his work. Just as an example, I attended with my family the ceremony where he received his Doctorate Honoris Causa in Madrid. I was translating his speech to my mother, and the only part that I understood, and could translate, was that the most important piece of a cell phone was the antenna. That was all I got.
But there are a lot of things that I undertsand.
When my wife and I went to Syracuse, as I was studying there my Master´s Degree in Public Administration, he helped us with everything we needed. That, I understand and appreciate.
I understand that Tapan was a colleague and close friend of my sister Magdalena. They worked together, wrote together, taught together, traveled together.... They, in fact, shared great part of their lives. Even my mother met him quite often, and liked him a lot.
Tapan often came to my home. He spent some time with us when we were in Brazil and once again in my house in Madrid. He always had a great time with my children. Being so different, I was amazed how much they enjoyed each other. In fact, I believe that my son Carlos is now studying air and space engineering partially due to his influence.
And I do understand that my family and I will miss him a lot.

Deepti Das Krishna

March 21, 2021 2:13 AM

Deepti Das Krishna and Muralikrishna from Cochin, India

Some personalities are enshrined forever in our minds despite the few interactions that one has with them. One such towering individual is Prof. Sarkar. His wit, enthusiasm, and passion for the subject, commanding presence and voice & affection for the students and faculty working in this area set him apart. He reminded us of one of the renaissance figures for whom science, arts, literature history, and teaching are all accessible on equal footing.
We still love his booming voice and the queries that followed each presentation and the happiness that twinkled in his eyes when he found some new hint in his discussions.
He was a lone voice calling or physical tractability in certain key areas where mere mathematical models (which were not based on real-world) yielded simulation results that were completely at odds with the physics of the problem. The textbooks and papers that he co-authored are so clear in explaining the fallacies that one took for granted.  
He exemplified the statement in the poem by Tagore "If there is no-one responding to your call - then go on all alone" thus encouraging a key professional doctrine that despite the minority of people who understood his ideas and opinions, it was true and
no amount of papers and patents can offset the truth.
He has been attending most APSYMs (Biennial Symposium conducted at the Dept of Electronics, CUSAT, Cochin) since 2002 and the last opportunity we had, to hear him in person was in Oct 2019. He will be always be missed but lovingly remembered especially in our future APSYMs.

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