Tributes paid to Norfolk Christian scientist Dr Selvendran
It is with great sadness that the death of Dr Robert Selvendran has been announced. Robert, who has been a keen supporter of local Christian organisations for many years, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday May 8.
Robert was an occasional columnist for Network Norfolk and a supporter of the website. He was a distinguished plant biochemical and physiological researcher and scientist, and he was born and raised in Sri Lanka. He studied at the universities of Ceylon and Cambridge, and received his PhD and ScD degrees from Cambridge. He was awarded the Senior Medal for Food Chemistry in 1994 from the Royal Society of Chemistry for his work on plant food materials. He worked at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich for over 20 years.
Robert devoted his life to following Jesus. He believed that science, at its deepest level is essentially a religious activity, which plays its own special role in unfolding the nature and purpose of God.
In a column for Network Norfolk, written in 2013, Robert said, “I knew for certain that God loved me in Jesus Christ and had made me a child of His affection. Bearing witness to this truth became a passion for me from that time onwards. Nothing else in the world seemed to matter except serving Him. To this day, nearly fifty years after I asked Christ to come into my life, I have not found anything remotely comparable to the joy of knowing God through Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Lord. ”
His family's wish is to hold a "Community Service of Remembrance" on Saturday May 19 at The Open Door Christian Fellowship in Eaton NR4 7BQ (Car Park accessible from 173 South Park Avenue, NR4 7AZ) at 10.30 am, followed by refreshments and an opportunity to meet others from the local community.
There will also be a Tamil Service (in Tamil and English) with the Bethany Church (St Paul's Tuckswood) at 1pm the same day.
Everyone who knew Robert or who wishes to celebrate the life of this esteemed scientist, author and Christian writer and speaker are very welcome to attend either (or both) of these services.