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...

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-Vishal Gajjar (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
October 22, 2021 11:00 AM


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-M. A. Krishnakumar (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
October 25, 2021 4:00 PM


Scintillation of PSR B1508+55 - the view from a 10000-km baseline
Evaluating Low-frequency Pulsar Observations to Monitor Dispersion with the GMRT
GMRT Detection of HI 21 cm Emission from Star-forming Galaxies at z ~ 1.3
The Atomic Gas Mass of Green Pea Galaxies

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