Anil Bhardwaj

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Anil Bhardwaj
Born 1 June 1967
Mursan, Aligarh District, Uttar Pradesh, India
Residence India
Nationality Indian
Fields Space and planetary science
Institutions Indian Space Research Organization
Alma mater Lucknow University
Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University
Doctoral advisor Prof. R. P. Singhal
Doctoral students Marykutty Michael, Sonal Kumar Jain, Susarla Raghuram
Known for Solar System X-ray Emission
Indian Planetary Exploration Program
Notable awards Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, 2007

Anil Bhardwaj (born 1 June 1967) is the Director of the Space Physics Laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO, Trivandrum, India.

He is the recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 2007, and was awarded NRC Senior Research Associteship by US National Academy of Science in 2003. He worked at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, during January 2004 to October 2005. He was awarded fellowship grant by United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, Vienna, Austria, in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore; Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi; National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad; Indian Geophysical Union, Hyderabad; and Kerala Academy of Sciences, Trivandrum.[1] He was also awarded ISRO Team Excellence Award for Chandrayaan-1 Science and Mission in 2008. He is a member of International Academy of Astronautics and International Astronomical Union. Currently, he is the member of INSA-ICSU Committee for COSPAR, SCOSTEP and URSI, and Vice-Chair of COSPAR Commission B.

Key contributions[edit]

Career highlights[edit]

  • 2014 – Director, Space Physics Laboratory, VSSC, ISRO
  • 2007 – Head, Planetary Sciences Branch, SPL, VSSC, ISRO

Education and research[edit]

Dr. Bhardwaj did his graduation in Maths, Statistics, and Physics with Honours, and obtained his Master of Science degree in Physics from Lucknow University. He received his Doctorate Degree in Applied Physics (Planetary and Space Science) in 2002 from The Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

As a Planetary and Space Scientist, Dr. Bhardwaj's research interests include theoretical and observational studies of planetary surfaces, atmospheres, ionospheres, and their coupling with magnetospheric plasma and solar wind. His Current Research Interests are: Aurora and airglow processes in planetary atmospheres, chemistry of planetary ionospheres, auroral plasma processes on comets and its implications on coma chemistry, Monte Carlo simulations of processes in atmosphere, solar wind-lunar interaction, ENA imaging of the lunar surface and Earth's magnetosphere-ionosphere system, ground-based and space-based multi-wavelength (X-ray, UV, visible, radio) imaging and spectroscopy of emissions from planetary bodies, and comparative planetology. The planetary bodies on which worked include, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Io, Europa, Ganymede, Triton, Titan, Io plasma torus, Rings of Saturn, Venus, Mars, Earth, Pluto, Moon, and Comets.

Dr. Bhardwaj has been the Principal Investigator of the SARA (Sub-keV Atom Reflecting Analyzer) experiment on the Chandrayaan-1 mission – the first Indian Lunar Mission. He is the Principal Investigator of the MENCA experiment on the first Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). He is also the Principal Investigator of the CHACE-2 experiment on the Chandrayaan-2 mission. He has been the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on many observation programs with Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope of NASA; XMM-Newton X-ray Observatory of ESA; and Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT) of India). He is a member of ISRO and national level committees on Planetary and Space Sciences research in India, and future planetary missions.

Dr. Bhardwaj has written a Chapter for Encyclopedia of the Solar System (2007; revised in 2014), edited 6 books, has written invited reviews for international journals, including Reviews of Geophysics, and has been the Guest editor of Special Issues of international journals. He has over 100 refereed publications, and several presentations and invited talks at international conferences. His collaborative research spans several research institutes in USA, Europe, and Asia.

He has been the President of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Planetary Science Section during 2006–2010. He had been the Editor-in-chief of Advances in Geosciences during 2005–2012, and a member of Editorial Board of the European journal Planetary and Space Science during 2007–2009. Currently he is Associate Editor of Advances in Space Research, a member of Editorial Board of the European journal Space Science Reviews and Bulletin of Astronomical Society of India.

Dr. Bhardwaj's research findings have led to several Press Releases by NASA and ESA. Several special news reports on his research have appeared in New Scientist, Science News, Space Now, Science Daily, etc. His research publications have made cover pages of American and European journals, as well as "AGU Journal Highlights".

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  1. ^ "Indian Fellow". INSA. 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016.