Indian Solar Physicist’s work gets recognised by International Astronomical Union (IAU)

Devojyoti Kansabanik
Devojyoti Kansabanik (Source: LinkedIn)

In a moment of pride for the Indian scientific community, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has recognised the exceptional research work of Indian heliophysicist Devojyoti Kansabanik for his contribution in the field of Solar Physics. 

Mr. Kansabanik did his Ph.D from the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) based in Pune, which is a part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). He has also been a NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral fellow at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, USA since last December. 

Mr. Kansabanik is an alumnus of the Serampore College, University of Calcutta, where he did his undergraduate studies in B.Sc Physics. The work for which he was honoured by the IAU’s Sun and Heliosphere group, is titled ‘Deciphering Radio Emission from Solar Coronal Mass Ejections Using High-fidelity Spectropolarimetric Radio Imaging’. He shares this honorary mention from the group with China’s Xingyu Zhu. 

The IAU had announced eight Ph.D awards and honorary mentions each last month. The XXXII General Assembly of the IAU is scheduled to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in August this year. The IAU is a member of the International Science Council (ISC), which is composed of international scholarly and scientific institutions and national academies of sciences. 

The IAU was founded back in 1919, and is headquartered in Paris, France. It is the world’s largest and the highest body dedicated to astronomy. Its main objective is to promote and safeguard astronomical science in all its aspects through international cooperation. It also acts as the recognised authority for assigning designations and names to celestial bodies. 

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