Editorial Board

 

Editor in Chief

Brian Foster

is an experimental particle physicist whose work has centered on electron-proton collisions at the HERA accelerator in DESY Hamburg and in the design of new accelerators, such as the International Linear Collider and plasma-based accelerators. He was educated at Wolsingham Secondary School, obtained a B.Sc. with First Class Honours at Queen Elizabeth College London, where he was also awarded the Dillon and Andrewes Prizes and a D. Phil degree from Oxford in 1978. Foster became a lecturer at Bristol in 1984 and Professor in 1996. He led the particle physics group there until 2003, subsequently becoming Professor of Experimental Physics at Oxford University and Fellow of Balliol College. He was head of the Dept. of Particle Physics in Oxford from 2004 - 2011. In 2010 Foster was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship at the University of Hamburg and DESY. He is also Emeritus Professor of Physics at Bristol University.

Foster was Chairman of the European Committee for Future Accelerators from 2002 – 2005. He was a member of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council from 2001 - 2006. He was European Director for the International Linear Collider from 2006-2017. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in 1999 and the Max Born Medal and Prize of the German Physical Society and the Institute of Physics in 2003. Foster is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics and was on its Council from 2008 - 2013. He was appointed Office of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008. Foster chaired the Physics Panel of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and was a member of its Main Panel B. He has been a member of the Council of the Royal Society since 2015. Foster is committed to public outreach and gives many public lectures every year.

 

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Fred Dylla

maintained an active career in both scientific research and research management at three different institutions. At Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Laboratory (1975-1990), he worked in materials science and plasma physics rising to be the manager of research physics operations at the nation’s largest magnetic fusion project that was kindled by his Ph.D. research at MIT. In 1990, he accepted a joint position at the Department of Energy’s Jefferson Lab and as an Adjunct Professor of Physics and Applied Science at the College of William of Mary. He managed two large research and development programs which delivered the Jefferson Lab’s large electron accelerator for nuclear physics and nuclear medical imaging studies and also managed the design, construction and research operation of the largest, tunable laser in existence: the Jefferson Lab Free Electron Laser. In 2007, Dylla was appointed the Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), a federation of ten physical science societies representing over 125,000 physical science community members. As CEO, he oversaw a substantial scientific publication and outreach program for the general scientific community and the public. With his appointment as Executive Director Emeritus in June, 2015, he returned to scientific research and continued consulting for the scholarly publications community.

 

Cornelius Hempel

is a physicist specializing in experimental quantum computing. He is a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney in the Quantum Control Lab, which is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems. His research focus is quantum simulation enhanced by quantum control. He received his PhD at Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck, where he stayed on as a postdoctoral researcher, and his MSc from University of Michigan.

 

Sunil Mukhi

obtained a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Stony Brook University in 1981. His research specialisation is elementary particle physics with a focus on quantum field theory, gravitation and string theory. After working at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai for 27 years, he moved to the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune in 2012 to engage in pedagogy at a larger scale. He has taken sabbaticals at CERN (Geneva) and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) and has been a Visiting Fellow Commoner at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy and The World Academy of Sciences, and received the Government of India’s Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Physical Sciences in 1999. He has been an Editor of the Journal of High Energy Physics since its inception in 1997. Currently he is Chair of the Panel on Scientific Values of the Indian Academy of Sciences as well as the Academic Ethics Committee of IISER Pune.

 

Eric Priest

completed his PhD thesis with TG Cowling in Leeds in 1969 having moved to a tenured position at St Andrews University in 1968, where he gradually built up an internationally renowned Solar MHD research group. He is now a highly active emeritus professor, having been the James Gregory Professor and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Mathematics at St Andrews for many years. He enjoys many research collaborations across the world and is an Affiliate Professor at Montana State University. His research involves modeling the subtle interaction between the plasma atmosphere of the Sun and its magnetic field, which is responsible for much of the dynamic behaviour we see both on the Sun and elsewhere in the universe. He has edited 15 books and written over 450 research papers. His book Solar Magnetohydrodynamics (1982) became a standard text in the field and has been completely rewritten from scratch to be reborn as Magnetohydrodynamics of the Sun (2014). He also wrote a research monograph on Magnetic Reconnection: MHD Theory and Applications (2000) with Terry Forbes. Honours include being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1985), a Member of Norwegian Academy of Sciences & Letters (1994) and a Fellow of the Royal Society (2002). In 2002, he was awarded the Hale Prize of the American Astronomical Society, in 2009 the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society and in 2013 was awarded an Honorary DSc by St Andrews University.

 

Jan-Michael Rost

is a theoretical physicist and director at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden heading the research department Finite Systems, a position he has held since 1999. He studied physics and philosophy in Munich and Freiburg and is also Honorary Professor for Theoretical Quantum Dynamics at the Technical University Dresden (since 2000). His research interests include Dynamics of Finite Systems, Atoms, molecules & clusters. Rost was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2007.

 

David Wallace

is a philosopher of physics at the Philosophy School of the Dornsife College of Letters, University of Southern California. Prior to his move to USC in 2016, Professor Wallace spent twenty-two years at the University of Oxford as a student, researcher and faculty. He obtained his first PhD in theoretical physics at Oxford before his interests took him towards more conceptual and foundational questions in physics, and from there into philosophy. He received his second PhD in philosophy also at Oxford. Wallace is particularly active in trying to develop and defend the Everett interpretation of quantum theory (often called the "Many-Worlds Interpretation"), and has published two books with OUP on the Everett interpretation, Many Worlds? (2010) and The Emergent Multiverse (2012). He also has philosophical and conceptual interests in quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, general relativity, symmetry and gauge theory, and anything relevant to the contemporary philosophy of physics.

 

Rachel Webster

has had a stellar career teaching and researching astronomy for over 20 years. Originally gaining her doctorate thesis at Cambridge University, she has spent productive years honing her skills in Canada at the University of Toronto, both teaching and doing research. Her work has been internationally recognized with internationally prestigious scholarships. She was also the inaugural AIP Woman in Physics Lecturer. In 1992, she returned to The University of Melbourne to take up a position as a teaching and research academic within the School of Physics where she currently leads the Astrophysics research group comprising more than 60 research students and staff. Professor Webster’s main focus areas are extragalactic astronomy and cosmology; she researches black holes and the first stars of the universe. Her group is varied and diverse and covers both observational and theoretical research areas. Her observational program utilizes world class equipment such as the Australia Telescope Compact Array, the Gemini Telescopes, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory amongst other instruments. She is a key member of an international consortium involving Australian and American astrophysicists who have designed and built a new low frequency radio telescope at Boolardy in Western Australia, known as the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA). She is also a Chief Investigator at the Melbourne node of the national ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and = a Board member of Australian Astronomy Limited (AAL).

 

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Advisory Board


Robert H. Austin

received his B.A. in Physics from Hope College in Holland, MI and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1976. He was a post-doc at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry from 1976-1979 and has been at Princeton University in the Department from Physics from 1979 to the present, achieving the rank of Professor of Physics in 1989. As a biophysicist, Professor Austin’s research primarily focuses on the biological limits of evolving organisms under stress. He has researched the use of microarrays and nanotechnology to further the physical understanding of biological processes, such as the dynamics of cells when subjected to stress. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences USA. He has served as a President of the Division of Biological Physics of the American Physical Society, and is the present Chair of the U.S. Liaison Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. Professor Austin has served as the biological physics editor for Physical Review Letters, serves on numerous review panels for NIH, NSF, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and NIST, and is the Editor of the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics. He won the 2005 Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society.

 

Barry C. Barish

earned his B.A. in physics (1957) and Ph.D. in experimental particle physics (1962) at the University of California, Berkeley. He came to Caltech as a postdoc in 1963, where he has pursued his academic and research careers and is currently the Maxine and Ronald Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus. In 2017 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Rainer Weiss and Kip Thorne, for the discovery of gravitational waves. Barish’s primary research interest has been the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), since he became Principal Investigator in 1994 and Director in 1997. He led the effort through the final design stages, approval for funding by the NSF National Science Board in 1994, and then the construction and commissioning of the LIGO interferometers in Livingston, LA and Hanford, WA. In 1997, he created the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), which now enables more than 1000 collaborators world-wide to participate in LIGO. Barry Barish is also the former Director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider (ILC). Dr. Barish has served on many important science committees, including co-chairing the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel subpanel that developed a long-range plan for U.S. high energy physics in 2001. He has also has chaired the Commission of Particles and Fields and the U.S. Liaison committee to the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and has been very active in international collaboration for physics. In 1991, Barish was named the Maxine and Ronald Linde Professor of Physics at Caltech. In 2002, he received the Klopsteg Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences the same year. Dr. Barish was given a Presidential appointment and served on the National Science Board; the 24-member board that oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advises the President and the Congress on policy issues related to science, engineering, and education. Barish is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Physical Society (APS). He was elected and served as President of the APS, the member society of 50,000 members, in 2011. Barish has been honored by the University of Bologna (2006), the University of Florida (2007) and the University of Glasgow (2013) with honorary doctorates.

 

David Campbell

is a theoretical physicist known for his work on nonlinear phenomena, condensed matter physics, and complex systems. He is Professor of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University, where he also served as Dean of the College of Engineering and University Provost for a number of years. Since returning to full-time teaching and research after his successful stint in university administration, Professor Campbell’s research has focused on two-dimensional electronic membranes and, by extension, other two-dimensional materials such as phosphorene (two-dimensional black phosphorus). He received his PhD from Cambridge, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He has edited ten books and published over 200 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

 

Fred Dylla

maintained an active career in both scientific research and research management at three different institutions. At Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Laboratory (1975-1990), he worked in materials science and plasma physics rising to be the manager of research physics operations at the nation’s largest magnetic fusion project that was kindled by his Ph.D. research at MIT.

In 1990, he accepted a joint position at the Department of Energy’s Jefferson Lab and as an Adjunct Professor of Physics and Applied Science at the College of William of Mary. He managed two large research and development programs which delivered the Jefferson Lab’s large electron accelerator for nuclear physics and nuclear medical imaging studies and also managed the design, construction and research operation of the largest, tunable laser in existence: the Jefferson Lab Free Electron Laser.

In 2007, Dylla was appointed the Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), a federation of ten physical science societies representing over 125,000 physical science community members. As CEO, he oversaw a substantial scientific publication and outreach program for the general scientific community and the public. With his appointment as Executive Director Emeritus in June, 2015, he returned to scientific research and continued consulting for the scholarly publications community.

 

Lyn Evans

is best known for his work as project leader on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Dr. Evans has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Glazebrook Medal of the Institute of Physics and the inaugural St. David Award in Innovation and Technology in 2014. A Fellow of the Royal Society, he was made a CBE in 2001 for services to accelerator physics. He was awarded the Fundamental Physics Prize in 2013 for his contribution to the discovery of the Higgs boson particle. In 2012 he became the director of the Linear Collider Collaboration, an international organization which manages the development of the next generation of particle colliders. Dr. Evans was educated at Swansea University and was made an honorary fellow of the University of Wales Swansea. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) in 2009.

Evans photo: © 2008 CERN

 

 

Nathaniel Fisch

is professor and associate chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences and director of the Program in Plasma Physics at Princeton University. He earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the associate director for academic affairs at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and an associated faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. Dr. Fisch is known for predicting new ways to control plasma, including methods of generating electrical current in plasma using electromagnetic waves. His current research interests include plasma physics with applications to nuclear fusion, lasers, propulsion, nuclear waste remediation, and astrophysics. Dr. Fisch is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Physical Society (APS) Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics, the Department of Energy Bronze Medal for Outstanding Mentor, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics, and the European Physical Society (EPS) Hannes Alfven Prize. He is a Fellow of the APS and the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. He is a former chair of the APS Division of Plasma Physics.

 

Richard Friend

holds the Cavendish Professorship of Physics at the University of Cambridge. His research encompasses the physics, materials science and engineering of semiconductor devices made with carbon-based semiconductors, particularly polymers. His research advances have shown that carbon-based semiconductors have significant applications in LEDs, solar cells, lasers, and electronics. These have been developed and exploited through a number of spin-off companies. His current research interests are directed to novel schemes – including ideas inspired by recent insights into Nature’s light harvesting – that seek to improve the performance and cost of solar cells. Professor Friend is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has received many international awards for his research, including Laureate of the Millennium Prize for Technology (2010) the Harvey Prize (2011) of the Israel Institute of Technology and the von Hippel Award of the Materials Research Society (2015). He was knighted for "Services to Physics" in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, 2003.

 

Rohini Madhusudan Godbole

has been a full professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, for more than two decades. She received her Ph.D. in 1979 from the State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook, USA . She has been a Staff Associate of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and a visiting scientist/professor at University of Dortmund (Germany), CERN (Geneva), DESY (Hamburg) and Univ. of Utrecht (Netherlands). She is a Recipient of the Van der Walls Chair at the Amsterdam Institute of Physics and Astronomy. She is an elected fellow of all the three science academies of India (INSA, IASc and NASI) as well as The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), currently being Vice President of the National Academy of Sciences (NASI), India. She has worked extensively on different aspects of particle phenomenology over the past four decades exploring the physics of the Standard Model (SM) and also the physics beyond the Standard Model (BSM), working on top physics, Higgs physics, supersymmetry, dark matter as well as on aspects of QCD in the subject of structure function of protons, photons and nuclei. She has coauthored a graduate level monograph on Supersymmetry.. She is a sought after lecturer at national/international schools. She has been involved with the SERC schools in Theoretical High Energy Physics in India for 15 years. She is (and has been) a member of many important committees at the national and international level. Linear Collider Board and Detector Advisory Group for the International Linear Collider, Commission C11 of the IUPAP , Scientific Council of the Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR) as well as High Energy Physical Advisory Panel (HEPAP), USA, are some examples. She has been a member of Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C) of India. She has also been Chief Editor, Pramana, Indian Journal of Physics, 2008- 2016 . She has won many awards and distinctions out of which some are: The Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology (Powai), S.N. Bose medal of the INSA for Theoretical Physics, Meghnad Saha Award for Physics of the Asiatic Society of India, DST J C Bose Fellowship of the Government of India, 'Honoris Causa' from S.N.D.T Women's University etc. She has been actively involved in working towards pioneering a variety of programs at different fora to raise awareness on the subject of Women in Science. She has co-edited the book 'Lilavati's Daughters: Women Scientists of India', containing (auto)biographical sketches of about 100 women scientists of India, , and also a 'A Girls' Guide to a Life in Science' , a book to inspire young girls to take up a career in science. Being a founding chair of the Indian Academy panel for women in science, she has also edited/authored many reports on women in science in India and Asia.

 

Walter F. Henning

is an experimental nuclear physicist. He received his PhD in 1968 at the Technical University of Munich. After early work with the Moessbauereffect his interests focussed on accelerator-based studies of nuclei, with beams of heavy ions from Coulomb-barrier to relativistic energies. The research addresses nuclear structure and reactions, dense and hot nuclear matter, and applications such as ultra-sensitive trace-element analysis. It was carried out with accelerators at Munich, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), GSI Helmholtz-Centre Darmstadt (GSI), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and the RIKEN Nishina Centre (RNC) in Tokyo. It included developments towards the world’s first superconducting heavy-ion linac (ANL) and, as institutional head, the later management of accelerator facilities and projects. He has held professorships at the U. of Chicago, U. of Mainz, U. of Frankfurt, and the Technical U. of Munich. He was Director of the Physics Division at ANL (1991-1999), Scientific Director and Chair of the Board of Directors at GSI (1999-2007), Vice-President of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (2004-2007), and Deputy-Director (part-time) of the RNC (2013-2017). He has served on numerous advisory boards and science panels in Europe, North-America, and Asia. He is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Physical Society (APS); he was awarded a DOE Appreciation Award (2009), the State of Hessen Order of Merit (2004), and the Cross of Merit of the First Class, Federal Republic of Germany (2007).

 

Marsha I. Lester

received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1981. She is currently the Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Lester's research combines new experimental and theoretical approaches to probe intermolecular potential energy surfaces between reactive partners. These potentials control the approach and recoil of molecules in both inelastic and reactive encounters. She has extensively studied intermolecular interactions and reactions involving the hydroxyl radical, which plays a critical role in combustion and atmospheric chemistry. Lester has published extensively in a broad range of scholarly journals in the physical sciences. She has received many honors and awards, including her election to fellowship in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Garvan-Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society, the Bourke Lectureship of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the American Physical Society, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. In late 2008, Lester was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Chemical Physics, the preeminent journal in her field.

 

Andreas Mandelis

is a Full Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto. He is the Canada Research Chair in Diffusion-Wave and Photoacoustic Sciences and Technologies and Director of the Center for Advanced Diffusion-Wave Technologies (CADIFT) at the University of Toronto. In his industrial activities he is the CTO of Quantum Dental Technologies, Inc., and CEO and President of Diffusion-Wave Diagnostic Technologies, Inc., both situated in Toronto. He received his BS degree (Magna cum Laude) in physics from Yale University, and MA, MSE, and Ph.D. degrees from the Applied Physics and Materials Laboratory, Princeton University. He is the author and co-author of 400+ scientific papers in refereed journals and 190+ scientific and technical proceedings papers. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Springer International Journal of Thermophysics, an Associate Editor of the AIP Journals Review of Scientific Instruments, Journal of Applied Physics, Topical Editor of the OSA Journal Optics Letters, and he is on the editorial board of the SPIE Journal of Biomedical Optics. He is Consulting Editor of the AIP flagship magazine Physics Today. He has several inventions, 38 patents and patents pending in the areas of photothermal tomographic imaging, signal processing and measurement, hydrogen sensors, dental laser diagnostics (biothermophotonics), semiconductor laser infrared photothermal radiometry, laser photo-carrier radiometry and laser biophotoacoustic tissue imaging. He holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Diffusion-Wave and Photoacoustic Sciences and Technologies at the University of Toronto. He is also a National 1000-Talents Professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu. Professor Mandelis has received numerous national and international prizes and awards including the APS Keithley Award in Instrumentation Science, the Discovery Award in Science and Engineering (the Ontario Premier’s Innovation Award), the ASME 2009 Yeram Touloukian Award (and Medal) in Thermophysics, the Senior Prize of the International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association, the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics and the CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics. In 2014 he was elected Killam laureate, recipient of the Killam Prize in Engineering, one of Canada’s highest academic prizes awarded annually by the Governor General of Canada.

 

Eric Priest

completed his PhD thesis with TG Cowling in Leeds in 1969 having moved to a tenured position at St Andrews University in 1968, where he gradually built up an internationally renowned Solar MHD research group. He is now a highly active emeritus professor, having been the James Gregory Professor and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Mathematics at St Andrews for many years. He enjoys many research collaborations across the world and is an Affiliate Professor at Montana State University.

His research involves modeling the subtle interaction between the plasma atmosphere of the Sun and its magnetic field, which is responsible for much of the dynamic behaviour we see both on the Sun and elsewhere in the universe. He has edited 15 books and written over 450 research papers. His book Solar Magnetohydrodynamics (1982) became a standard text in the field and has been completely rewritten from scratch to be reborn as Magnetohydrodynamics of the Sun (2014). He also wrote a research monograph on Magnetic Reconnection: MHD Theory and Applications (2000) with Terry Forbes.

Honours include being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1985), a Member of Norwegian Academy of Sciences & Letters (1994) and a Fellow of the Royal Society (2002). In 2002, he was awarded the Hale Prize of the American Astronomical Society, in 2009 the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society and in 2013 was awarded an Honorary DSc by St Andrews University.

 

A.K. Sood, FRS

is an Honorary Professor in Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is currently the President of the Indian National Science Academy and the Secretary General of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He was the President of the Indian Academy of Sciences from 2010 to 2012. His research interests include Physics of Nano systems such as grapheme and other 2D materials and soft condensed matter, with a strong focus on innovative experiments. The latter includes the flow behaviour such as rheochaos, nonequilibrium phase transitions, deconstruction of glass physics using colloid experiments, active matter and stochastic thermodynamics. The experimental probes used for exploring physics at nanoscale are Raman spectroscopy, Ultrafast time resolved spectroscopies including terahertz spectroscopy, transport measurements and x-ray diffractions He has published close to 400 papers in refered international journals and holds a few national and International patents. His work has been recognized by way of many honors and awards .These include the Fellowship of the Royal Society ( FRS) , all the three science academies of India and TWAS ; the civilian honor, Padma Shri by Government of India, S.S. Bhatnagar Prize, G.D. Birla Award, TWAS Prize in Physics, FICCI Prize, Goyal Prize, M.N. Saha Award and Millennium Gold Medal of Indian Science Congress, Sir C.V. Raman Award of UGC, Homi Bhabha Medal of Indian National Science Academy, DAE Raja Ramanna Award of JNCASR, National Award in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology by Government of India, Nano Award by Government of Karnataka, G.M. Modi Award of Science and R D Birla Award for Excellence in Physics by Indian Physics Association.

 

Jonathan Tennyson

is Massey Professor of Physics at University College London the leader of a large and successful research team studying a wide range of the problems in the physics of molecules. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and obtained a doctorate in Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Sussex. After periods working in the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands and Daresbury Laboratory he came to UCL. He was head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy 2004-11. He has written over 700 papers in the scientific literature as well as number of popular articles and a book on Astronomical Spectroscopy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009.

 

Anthony W. Thomas

is a theoretical physicist who holds the Elder Chair of Physics at the University of Adelaide. He serves as Associate Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP), as well as Director of the Adelaide node. Within the University of Adelaide he is Director of the University Research Centre for Complex Systems and the Structure of Matter (CSSM). From 2009-15 he held an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship. During the 6 year period from 2004-2009, Professor Thomas served as Chief Scientist and Associate Director for Theoretical and Computational Physics at the US Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Asian Nuclear Physics Association and past-Chair of the IUPAP Working Group on International Cooperation in Nuclear Physics, having served as its inaugural chair for the first 6 years.

 

Meg Urry

is the Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics; she served as Chair of the Physics Department at Yale from 2007 to 2013 and recently finished a 4-year succession as President of the American Astronomical Society. Professor Urry received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics summa cum laude from Tufts University. Her scientific research focuses on active galaxies, which host accreting supermassive black holes in their centers. She has published over 280 refereed research articles on supermassive black holes and galaxies and was identified as a “Highly Cited Author” by Thomson Reuters. Prof. Urry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and American Women in Science; received an honorary doctorate from Tufts University; and was awarded the American Astronomical Society’s Annie Jump Cannon and George van Biesbroeck prizes. Prior to moving to Yale in 2001, Prof. Urry was a senior astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which runs the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA. Professor Urry is also known for her efforts to increase the number of women and minorities in science, for which she won the 2015 Edward A. Bouchet Leadership Award from Yale University and the 2010 Women in Space Science Award from the Adler Planetarium. She also writes regularly about science for CNN.com.

 

Albrecht Wagner

is a particle physicist. He received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg and worked as a researcher at the University of Heidelberg, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (USA), CERN and DESY. In 1984 he became Professor at the University of Heidelberg and in 1991 at the University of Hamburg, where he was also appointed Director of Research at DESY. From 1999 until 2009, he was Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors. He led several international consortia and served as Chairman of the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) from 2006 to 2008. He has, and continues, to serve on many advisory boards and councils. From 2007 to 2008 he was Vice President of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres; since 2008 he is the Chairman of the Council of Hamburg University; and since 2010 a member of the Board of the Joachim Herz Foundation. He serves as the Chair of the Board of Councillors at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University and is member of its Board of Governors. Albrecht Wagner is the holder of multiple honorary degrees and has been the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

Ian Walmsley

is the Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Professorial Fellow of St Hugh's College. His research is in the areas of ultrafast optics and quantum optics. He has pioneered the marriage of these fields for applications in quantum technologies, which form part of the critical technology path of the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub (NQIT), of which he is Director, and which is part of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme. He is the President and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow of the Royal Society, the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, a member of the Board of Oxford University Innovation as well as a former Science Delegate for Oxford University Press. As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Walmsley oversees the University's research and innovation strategies and policies. He chairs the University's Research Committee and is responsible for coordinating the University's relationships with its major research funders and the engagement of research activity with wider audiences.

 

Julia Yeomans

is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and Pauline Chan Fellow at St Hilda’s College. Her research is in theoretical and computational physics, particularly statistical physics, soft condensed matter and biophysics. Among her current interests are active systems, liquid crystals and the interactions of fluids with structured surfaces. She is a recipient of the P-G. de Gennes Lecture Prize and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

 

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