Wood expert and bamboo magician

Wood and bamboo scientist, wood preservation expert, technical industry consultant, author of research papers and writer for WoodNews magazine, Mr Satish Kumar, passed away unexpectedly on 01 February this year in his native Dehradun (Uttrakhand). He was 79 years old.

He headed the wood preservation unit at the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun for more than 5 years, during which he worked on developing eco-friendly methods of protecting wood and wood products, including bamboo.

He acquired Master’s degree in Chemistry from Panjab University in 1961; then earned another M.S. in Wood Science in Technology from the University of California (Berkeley)

in 1970.

As a visiting scientist at the Forest Research Laboratory at Oregon State University in Corvallis, USA, he worked on the use of super-critical fluids to remediate treated wood and incorporate toxic molecules in wood and composite wood products.

After returning to India, he continued to provide guidance to wood industry users for right selection and efficient use of wood and wood products. Satish Kumar was consultant  to Hindustan Pencils,  Century Plyboards, the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR), and the Timber Development Association of India.



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