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Dr G C Anupama elected as first woman President of Astronomical Society of India

Date: 19 February 2019 Tags: Appointments & Resignations

Dr G C Anupama was elected as first woman president of Astronomical Society of India (ASI), prime association of professional astronomers in the country. She will succeed R K Tyagi. She is second person from Karnataka after former ISRO Chairman Prof U R Rao to be president of ASI.

Dr G C Anupama

  • At present she is Senior Professor (Dean) at Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bengaluru. She completed her PhD in 1991 from IIA and has been a faculty member at the institute since 1994.
  • She in-charge of Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle in Ladakh and studying initial physical conditions after supernova.
  • She is also studying ‘transients’, objects that brighten up for brief period of time before going dark in space
  • She is India group head of international team of scientists that is building 30-metre telescope at cost of over $1 billion in Hawaii, US.
  • She is recipient of Sir CV Raman Young Scientist Award in 2001 and is fellow of National Academy of Sciences.

Astronomical Society of India (ASI)

  • It is primer association of professional astronomers in the country. It has close to 1000 members.
  • It was established in 1972. Its registered office is at Astronomy Department, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana. Renowned astronomer Vainu Bappu was its founder President.
  • Its objectives are promoting astronomy and related branches of science in India. It organizes scientific meetings and supports the popularization of astronomy and other similar activities.
  • It publishes Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India.
  • Every two year it awards Prof. M. K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal to honour young scientists from around the world for their exceptional contributions to astronomy and astrophysics.