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...

Fast radio bursts: source properties, emission mechanism and cosmological applications
-Mukul Bhattacharya (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
July 26, 2024 4:00 PM

Detecting low-excitation dense neutral gas in the Galaxy with fine-structure transitions
-Bhaswati Mookerjea (TIFR, Mumbai)
August 30, 2024 4:00 PM

The HI mass function of star-forming galaxies at z~1
The GMRT High-resolution Southern Sky Survey for Pulsars and Transients. VII. Timing of the Spider Millisecond Pulsar PSR J1242–4712
Shock-driven synchrotron emission from the 2021 outburst of recurrent nova - RS Ophiuchi
Decade-long Timing of Four GMRT Discovered Millisecond Pulsars