Dr Abhas Kumar Mitra, b. June 03, 1955 (Oﬃcial Date)
M.Sc. (Univ. Calcutta), Ist Class, 1977 (Exams Held in 1979!).BARC Training School (Equivalent to M.Phil), 1980.Ph.D. Thesis “
A New Theory of Ultra High Energy Gamma Ray Production From Cygnus X-3
” was ready forsubmission to Kashmir Univ. 1990.Got Ph.D. from Mumbai Univ. in 1994!
Post. Doc. History
Got selected for European Commission -DST (India) Post Doc. at Cambridge with Prof.(Sir) Martin Rees. NotDone.Got qualiﬁed and shortlisted as
National Research Council Research Associate
at NASA Goddard Sp. Fl.Center, High Energy Astrophysics Lab. in 2004. Not DoneShort Visiting Positions in Int. Centre for Theor. Physics, Trieste (1995); Hong Kong Univ. (2000); Visiting Prof.in Max Planck Kern Physics, Heidelberg, 2006.
Job & Profession
Scientist in Bhabha Atomic Resaerch Centre, Nuclear Research Lab, Kashmir 1980-1990; in BARC, Mumbai since1990.Head, Theoretical Astrophysics Section, Astrophysical Sciences Division since 2004.Adjunct Prof. in Homi Bhabha National Science Insititute since 2010.
Awards & Honors
First Prize in “Young Physicist Colloquium” organized by Indian Physical Society in 1989.Life Member of Indian Physics Association, Astronomical Society of India, Indian Nuclear Society. Hon. Fellowof “Istituto Internazionale di Fisica ed Alta Matematica, Einstein-Galilei”, Prato, Italy. Member of InternationalAstronomical Union; former Full Member of American Astronomical Society.
Ph.D. research guide (Physics) of Mumbai University and HBNI. Has acted as a referee for Astrophysical J.,Astrophysical J. Letter, General Relativity & Gravitation, International J. Modern Physics (D), Pramana, CurrentScience, Foundations of Physics Letters, Gravitation & Cosmology, International J. Astronomy & Astrophysics,Ingeniera y Ciencia, Hadronic Journal, Turkish J. Physics, J. Cosmology, Int. J. Theoretical Phys.Has reviewed several research proposals on the request of “Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, India”.One of the Former Chairmen for the Interviewing Committee for selection of Physics Trainees for BARC TrainingSchool.
He has carried out research in a very wide area such as Classical Mechanics, Experimental Gamma Ray Astronomy,Cosmic Ray Acceleration, High Energy Gamma Ray Production Mechanism, Evolution of X-ray Binaries and Mil-lisecond Pulsars, Radiative Gravitational Collapse and Cosmology. He
research in Theoretical Astrophysicsin BARC, one of the premier R&D institutes of India.
In 70 year old history of BARC, he is the only Relativistic Astrophysicist & Cosmologist
.He is also associated with the R&D of TACTIC, India’s ﬁrst imaging based Very High Energy Gamma Ray Telescope,and MACE, the 21m imaging based Gamma Ray Telescope being set up by BARC in collaboration with TIFR.He has coined two basic terms in astrophysics:(i)
Eternally Collapsing Object
(ECO), and (ii)
Einstein -Eddington Time Scale
of contraction of self-gravitatingobjects.The trem “ECO” has been translated in French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Chinese, Italin, Polish, Romanian andmany other languages.In connection with his research, he gave BBC Radio interview in 2000.Innumerable news paper and internet articles (Times of India, Indian Express, Mid-Day, Asian Age, HindustanTimes, Rediﬀ, and many more) highlighted his research which claimed to have shown that General RelativisticGravitational Collapse should lead to Quasi Black Holes rather than true Black Holes. In this context, he has beeninterviewed by Indian TV channels such as NDTV, Headlines Today, Aaj Tak, India TV and ETC News.In 2006, his research paper deﬁning Einstein-Eddington Time Scale was selected as one of the
of Max Planck Society, Germany.