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Probing the Universe using Radio Waves : from Sir J.C. Bose to modern times  
Fri, Oct 25, 2019,   05:00 PM at Sir C.V. Raman Auditorium, LHC

Prof. Yashwant Gupta
National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (TIFR), Pune

The demonstration of how to transmit and receive radio waves, first made by Sir J.C. Bose in 1895, opened up a new window to the Universe.  In this talk, we will trace the fascinating story of Radio Astronomy, it's linkages to the early days of radio technology, and it's present status as a frontline tool for probing the mysteries of the Cosmos, including the cutting edge technologies and signal processing concepts involved.  Special emphasis will be on the growth and current status of work in this field in India, including frontline facilities like the GMRT.  


Brief Biographical Sketch  for  Prof. Yashwant Gupta

Professor Yashwant Gupta obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Radio Astronomy from the University of California, San Diego in 1990, after completing his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1985.  Since 1991, he has been working at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA, Pune) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research where he currently holds the position of Centre Director.  Over the years, he has contributed greatly to the building and running of the GMRT Observatory -- a world-class instrument built and operated by the NCRA and located about 80 km from Pune.  He also leads India's participation in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project -- an international collaborative project to design and build the next generation global radio astronomy facility.
Prof Gupta was conferred the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in the Physical Sciences, for the year 2007.  He has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of India and also of the Indian Academy of Sciences.