Prof. Govind Swarup

March 23, 1929 – September 7, 2020


Govind Swarup : The father of radio astronomy in India

With the passing of Prof. Govind Swarup on the evening of 7th September, 2020, TIFR has lost an iconic figure. A true pioneer, he jump started the country’s efforts in the nascent field of radio astronomy, and built facilities and institutions that have put India in the forefront on the global stage in radio astronomy. He leaves behind a legacy that we can be truly proud of. Govind Swarup was born in 1929 at Thakurdwara in U.P. He received an M.Sc. in Physics from the Allahabad University in 1950, (where K.S. Krishnan was an important influence), and a Ph.D from the Stanford University in 1961. He joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in 1963, at the invitation Dr. Homi Jahangir Bhabha. The Radio Astronomy group he founded at TIFR was one of the first such groups anywhere in the world. His group quickly began building new facilities starting with a relatively modest radio telescope at Kalyan near Mumbai, but soon moving on to the the much more ambitious Ooty Radio Telescope (ORT). Prof. Swarup’s highly innovative design for the ORT (built between 1965 and 1970) allowed for the construction of a fully steerable, large telescope at a modest cost. The ORT is functional even today, having produced several cutting edge science results in a wide range of fields from the solar wind, pulsars, the diffuse interstellar medium, extra-galactic radio sources and cosmology. read more...

Cosmic Extremes: Time-Domain Astrophysics in a Multi-Messenger World
-Kate Alexander (Northwestern University, USA)
November 29, 2021 4:00 PM


Fast Radio Bursts with the Australian SKA Pathfinder
-Shivani Bhandari (Joint Institute for VLBI, The Netherlandss)
December 6, 2021 4:00 PM


Unraveling the Eclipse Mechanism of a Binary Millisecond Pulsar Using Broadband Radio Spectra
Ultra-wideband multi-epoch study revealed the exotic nature of the first discovered ‘Main-sequence Radio Pulse emitter’ CU Virginis
A search for counterparts of quiet sun radio transients in extreme ultraviolet data
Insights from Snapshot Spectroscopic Radio Observations of a Weak Type I Solar Noise Storm

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