|Fields||Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics|
|Institutions||NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research|
|Thesis||"Thermal conduction and cooling of young neutron stars" (1979)|
|Doctoral advisor||Malvin Ruderman|
During 1979-1981, Ray worked at University of California, Irvine as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. In 1981 he moved back to India to join the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, where he served as Reader, Associate Professor and then Professor. Between the years of 1996 and 1998, he took a sabbatical as Senior Research Associate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
At the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Ray supervised the doctoral research of many researchers, including Nandivada Rathnasree who was elected the Director of the Nehru Planetarium, and Sayan Chakraborti who was elected Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. His webpage at the Tata Institute shows that his other doctoral students include Firoza Sutaria, Poonam Chandra and Naveen Yadav.
- Mathematics Genealogy Project, "Alak Ray"
- Detection of a radio counterpart to the 27 December 2004 giant flare from SGR 1806–20, 2005-04-28 (Nature)
- Cosmic Explosion Among the Brightest in Recorded History, 2005-02-18 (NASA News & Features)
- A relativistic type Ibc supernova without a detected Gamma-ray burst, 2010-01-28 (Nature)
- TIFR discovers new class of supernovae, 2010-01-28 (DNA Newspaper)
- Radio Detection of Green Peas: Implications for Magnetic Fields in Young Galaxies, 2012-01-19 (The Astrophysical Journal)
- Remembering Rathnasree Nandivada, Who Brought the Stars To All of Us, 2021-11-06 (The Wire)
- City PhD student gets prestigious Harvard fellowship, 2011-12-15 (Hindustan Times)
- Alak Ray, (Academic Webpage)
- Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship, 2014-2015 (Fulbright Fellowship)
- Member, Since 1985 (International Astronomical Union)