Jayant Narlikar awarded with lifetime achievement award by Astronomical Society of India
The Astronomical Society of India (ASI) presented Jayant Narlikar, an astronomer and founding director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune as well as a former ASI president, with the first ASI Govind Swarup Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday.
Though the honour was revealed at the 41st ASI meeting, which was held at IIT Indore, earlier this year, Narlikar was unable to travel to accept it. On Thursday in Pune, Narlikar received the honour from Dipankar Banerjee, president of the ASI.
The Astronomical Society of India (ASI) established the Govind Swarup Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022, the year it celebrated its golden jubilee, to honour distinguished Indian astronomers for the contributions they have made to the study of astronomy and astrophysics in India throughout their careers. According to the IUCAA’s official announcement, the prize is named in honour of Govind Swarup (1929–2020), who is regarded as the founder of Indian radio astronomy.
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In a statement to the media, Banerjee stated, “Despite having very different fields of expertise, both Prof. Swarup and Prof. Narlikar remained deeply committed to the growth of astronomy and astrophysics in the nation by establishing model institutions and making significant investments in educating the next generation. For upcoming generations, they are both still exemplary role models. It gives me great pleasure to present the prize to Jayant, our cherished teacher.