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Speakers

Professor of Space Sciences, Washington University
Dr. Raja Ramanna Fellow, TIFR
Homi Bhabha Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Studies
Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies
Professor of Physics (retd), TIFR

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 29 Oct 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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Contact

+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

B.V. Sreekantan (1925-2019) was an eminent scientist whose career spanned the seven decades of post-independence India. For the first four decades he worked on Elementary Particle Physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai and then for the next three, at the National Institute of Advanced Study (NIAS) his interest shifted to the study of Consciousness. He was one of the founding members of NIAS, and was one of its most distinguished faculty, contributing enormously and innovatively to its research and teaching programmes, ever since he joined the Institute in 1992.

There will be a screening of a documentary, which was commissioned by NIAS. It covers the life of this extraordinary scientist, capable administrator and considerate human being. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Ramanath Cowsik, Prof. Sunil Gupta, Prof. Sisir Roy, Prof. Anindya Sinha and Prof. Palahalli (P.R.) Vishwanath. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

Presented by The Dhanvantari Arogyashram Trust.

 

Speakers

Ramanath Cowsik

Professor of Space Sciences, Washington University

Prof. Ramanath Cowsik is the James S. McDonnell Professor of the Space Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Earlier, at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), he worked with Prof. B. V. Sreekantan and made pioneering and lasting contributions to the fields of Astroparticle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Gravitation, Astronomy, and Cosmology. This included the suggestion that ‘dark matter’ discovered by astronomical techniques comprised particle relicts of the ‘big-bang’ origin of the Universe. He has been honoured with the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, Vikram Sarabhai Medal for the Space Sciences, Basic Sciences (Physics) Award of The World Academy of Sciences, and O’Ceallaigh Medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics among other distinctions. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, The World Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences (USA). He is a founding member of the International Society of Science and Religion.

Sunil Gupta

Dr. Raja Ramanna Fellow, TIFR

Prof. Sunil Gupta is the Dr. Raja Ramanna Fellow at TIFR. After joining TIFR in 1976, he was mentored by Prof. B V Sreekantan and retired as Senior Professor in 2020. His research has included stints at the University of Maryland, Fermilab, Los Alamos, NASA, CERN, Aachen, Pisa, Osaka, and Nagoya in high-energy and Astroparticle physics. He set up the GRAPES-3 experiment at Ooty, the largest Astroparticle facility in India, and developed new instruments and technologies with applications in atomic energy and space sciences. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union, Astronomical Society of India, and National Academy of Sciences, India. He served the International Union of Pure & Applied Physics Commission C4 on Astro particle Physics for 10 years, the last four as Chairman. He discovered “Weakening of Earth’s protective magnetic field” during solar storms and thunderstorms produces voltages over one billion volts.

Sisir Roy

Homi Bhabha Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Prof. Sisir Roy is a theoretical physicist, and the Visiting Professor and senior Homi Bhabha Fellow at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. He worked as Professor in the Physics and Applied Mathematics unit at Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata. He has published more than 250 papers in international journals, 16 research monographs, and edited volumes in Kluwer Academic, Springer, World Scientific, etc. His fields of interest include the Foundations of quantum theory, cosmology, brain function modelling, and consciousness. His recent books include “Demystifying the Akasha– Quantum vacuum and consciousness” (NY,2011), Decision-making and Modelling in Cognitive science (Springer,2016), and Understanding Space-Time and Causality-Modern Physics and Ancient Indian Traditions co-authored jointly with Prof. B.V. Sreekantan (Rutledge-Taylor and Francis, 2020). He has worked as an editor in various international journals.

Anindya Sinha

Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Prof. Anindya Sinha has a master’s degree in botany, and a doctorate in molecular biology and is currently at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore. His wide-ranging research interests lie in the behavioral ecology and cognitive psychology of nonhuman primates, animal molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, conservation studies, human-nonhuman relationships, urban ecologies, performance and heritage studies, and the philosophy of biology. He is also deeply interested in the popularisation of biology and has lectured extensively in a variety of educational and research institutions, both across and outside the country.

Palahalli (P.R.) Vishwanath

Professor of Physics (retd), TIFR

Prof. Palahalli (P.R.) Vishwanath did his M.Sc. from Central College, Bengaluru, and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was a Professor of Physics at TIFR, Mumbai, and a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bengaluru. He was involved with several large-scale experiments in the fields of Cosmic Rays, High Energy Physics, and High Energy Astrophysics in both India and the USA. He has been active in the field of science communication for the last two decades. He has written articles and popular books both in English and in Kannada. He often participates in Television discussions and interacts with students in schools and colleges. He is also the author of the book Dr. B.V. Sreekantan, A Pioneer Physicist (Gandhi Centre of Human Values, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 2019).