Particle physics experiments

An IPS officer who loved his physics experiments


B. Prasada Rao dies of cardiac arrest in the United States

Many IPS officers who served as police commissioners in the city stand out in their own right, but Bayyarapu Prasada Rao was different from the rest.

Born September 11, 1955 in Vijayawada, B. Prasada Rao is said to have died of cardiac arrest Monday morning in the United States, where he lived with his son.

Bayyarapu Prasada Rao had served as Police Commissioner of Visakhapatnam and held many high-level positions that culminated in the post of Director General of Police (DGP) of United Andhra Pradesh in 2013-2014.

However, physics and the English language remained his first love.

He obtained a B.Sc (Physics Main) with distinction from Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada in 1975, and continued his Masters from IIT, Chennai in 1977. He passed the civil service exams in 1979 during of his first attempt. Son of a police officer, he grants his father’s wish to become a police officer.

doctorate in light waves

His hectic professional life could not dissuade him from pursuing his passion for physics. He obtained a PhD for his thesis “Studies on the duality of wave particles of light” from Sri Krishnadevaraya University in 2014.

His love for the subject was such that he began to teach it after his retirement. He enjoyed discussions about the birth and evolution of the universe, the nature of light, subatomic particles, dark matter, and dark energy. He would also boldly deny the Big Bang theory, explaining its “anomalies” in discussions that spanned several hours.

Home science lab

As commissioner, he had turned one of his rooms in his official residence into a laboratory and would eagerly show visitors around. His experiences revolved around the wave nature of light, his friends recall.

In one of his conversations with this journalist, he said: “Since my beginnings, I have acquired the habit of reading The Hindu, and pick up at least five new English words and write them daily in a book with their meanings. I then tried to use them in some context during the day.

In 2005, when he was CP from Visakhapatnam, his word collection exceeded 10,000 words.

“During my school years, my mother would give me 10 paisa a day to bring the lunch box to my father. I saved some money and bought my first English dictionary. I’m in love with the language, ”he said.

Film of darkness

With his passing, a veil of sadness descended on the officers and police officers who had served with him in Visakhapatnam.

“Bayyarapu Prasada Rao was one of the best human beings I have ever met. He always cared about our health and the education of our children. it was he who had authorized bedding with pillows for all the guard officers, after seeing a guard sleeping on the floor during the change of service, ”recalls agent Beesetti Venkateswara Rao.

People at PAPA Home, an orphanage run by the municipal police, say Prasada Rao enjoyed spending quality time with the children. He never failed to visit the house on festival days with sweets and chocolates.

Prasada Rao is survived by his wife Sowmini, his son Vilas and his daughter Soumya and her grandson. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and several officers including Additional CEO (CID) PV Sunil Kumar paid tribute.