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Year 2009 in Images
Here are a few glimpses from 2009 representing some of the more significant events and people of the past year. A Siliconeer photo essay.
(Above): The overgrown MIC plant inside the abandoned Union Carbide factory in Bhopal. The factory still lies derelict 25 years later. Activists around the world rallied Dec. 3 in support of Bhopal survivors to mark 25 years of the world’s largest industrial disaster. PHOTO: DAVID GRAHAM
(Above): These widows live in an area of Bhopal called the Widows Colony which was specially built to house female survivors of the gas disaster. Activists around the world rallied Dec. 3 in support of Bhopal survivors to mark 25 years of the world’s largest industrial disaster. PHOTO: DAVID GRAHAM
(Above): Molecular biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, one of the winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize for chemistry.
(Above): Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meeting U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C. Nov. 24. PHOTO: PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU
(Above): Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, sarod maestro and arguably the greatest living Hindustani musician, died June 18 in San Anselmo, Calif. A living encyclopedia of Hindustani music as well as a legendary musician, Khan helped establish a firm foothold of Hindustani music in California.. The photograph was taken in 2007. PHOTO: SHARIF AHMED/SILICONEER
(Above): Environmental attorney Syeda Rizwana Hasan’s pathbreaking legal battle to reduce the impact of Bangladesh’s exploitative and environmentally-devastating ship breaking industry won her the 2009 Goldman Prize for the Asia region.
(Above): Iqbal Bano (1935-2009) combined a talent and sensitivity that delivered the finest ghazals with incomparable delicacy. She also gave voice to the conscience of the nation with an incomparable song of protest penned by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. She died at the age of 74 on April 21.
(Above): Tara Adiseshan, 14, of Charlottesville, Va., explains her research that identified and classified the evolutionary relationships between sweat bees and the nematodes (microscopic worms) that live inside them, which won her top honors at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2009. The contest drew 1,563 young scientists from 56 countries.
(Above): “Slumdog Millionaire” cast at the Oscars (l-r): Dev Patel, Frieda Pinto, Madhur Mittal with director Danny Boyle. The film won an astonishing eight Oscars including Best Director and Best Film. The Indian participation and presence was remarkable including two Oscars won by composer A.R. Rahman.
(Above): The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 24 new MacArthur Fellows for 2009. Recipients learned by a phone call out of the blue from the foundation that they will each receive $500,000 in no strings attached support over the next five years. Berkeley computer scientist Maneesh Agrawala was named a MacArthur Fellow, popularly known as MacArthur “Genius” award.
(Above): Harvard mathematician L. Mahadevan was named a MacArthur Fellow, popularly known as MacArthur “Genius” award. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 24 new MacArthur Fellows for 2009. Recipients learned by a phone call out of the blue from the foundation that they will each receive $500,000 in no strings attached support over the next five years.
(Above): Abdul Momen, Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. speaking at a symposium on Bangladesh at the University of California at Berkeley, Nov. 12. PHOTO: SILICONEER
(Above): Charlotte Moraga and Rachna Nivas during a performance of the Chitresh Das Dance Company’s “Sita Haran.” An all-female Chitresh Das Dance Company ensemble brought to life the epic story of “Sita Haran,” Sept. 26-27 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. PHOTO: BROOKE DUTHIE