The unexpected death last month of Cyril Ponnamperuma, founder and director of the newly established North-South Center for Sustainable Development (NSCSD) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), has left the fledgling organization in a state of flux, according to center officials. These administrators note that Ponnamperuma's sudden passing has them scrambling to find a new director and keep the center afloat.

Cyril Ponnamperuma, a professor of chemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), and president of the Third World Foundation, also headquartered in College Park, suffered a cardiac arrest in his office on December 20 and died shortly thereafter at Washington Adventist Hospital. He was 71 years old.

At the time of his death, Ponnamperuma was serving multiple posts at UMCP, including directorships of the Laboratory of Chemical Evolution and the North-South Center for Sustainable Development. He had established the latter institution at UMCP, and had...

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