Honoring the Life of Beloved MIT Professor and Pioneering Computer Scientist Arvind


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Honoring the Life of Beloved MIT Professor and Pioneering Computer Scientist Arvind

Washington, DC— Arvind was a beloved Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor, member of the Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF), and pioneering computer scientist who passed away at 77 on June 17. With a career spanning nearly five decades at MIT, he significantly advanced computer architectures, parallel computing, and digital design. Arvind, originally from India, earned degrees from IIT Kanpur and the University of Minnesota before joining MIT in 1978. Renowned for his brilliance and enthusiasm, he inspired many through his teaching and leadership. He is survived by his wife Gita, their two sons, and two grandchildren, according to an announcement from MIT on Monday

The Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) joins the MIT community in grieving the passing of Arvind, a beloved professor and accomplished scholar and researcher:

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Arvind, a brilliant scholar and cherished member of our community. Arvind’s contributions to computer science have left an indelible mark on the field, and his dedication to teaching and mentoring has inspired countless students. His loss is profoundly felt by all who knew him. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and stand in solidarity with them during this difficult time.”


Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) is a national non-profit that promotes academic belonging, openness, freedom, and equality for all. In response to heightened anti-Asian sentiments and profiling in the U.S., AASF has been a leading national voice fighting for the rights of Asian American and immigrant scientists, researchers, and scholars. AASF membership includes members from the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, in addition to past and current university presidents, provost, vice provosts, deans, associate deans and past and current department chairs.