Astronomical Society of India

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The Astronomical Society of India (ASI) is an Indian society of professional astronomers and other professionals from related disciplines. It was founded in 1972, with Vainu Bappu being the founder President of the Society, and as of 2010 has a membership of approximately 1000. Its registered office is at the Astronomy Department, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Its primary objective is the promotion of Astronomy and related branches of science. It organises meetings, supports and tries to popularise Astronomy and related subjects and publishes the Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India.[1]

Prof. Rajaram Nityananda of the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Ganeshkhind, Pune is the Society's President.[2]

The Society makes a series of awards, the most prestigious of which is the Prof. M. K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal awarded once every two years to "honour exceptional contributions to Astronomy and Astrophysics by young scientists anywhere in the world."[3] Previous award winners include:

The Society also runs two prestigious lectures: the Modali Endowment Lecture and the R. C. Gupta Endowment Lecture.[3]



  1. ^ Astronomical Society of India Archived March 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ The Executive Council of the Astronomical Society of India Archived March 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Awards and Endowments instituted by the Astronomical Society of India Archived March 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Europa Publications (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Psychology Press. pp. 480–. ISBN 978-1-85743-217-6. 
  5. ^ "International Medal to South African astronomer" (Press release). South African Astronomical Observatory. November 29, 2000. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ Ambastha, Ashok (March 2004). "Society Matters". Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India. 32 (1): 83. Bibcode:2004BASI...32...83. 
  7. ^ "Lanka astronomer wins two top awards". The Sunday Times. Sri Lanka. February 18, 2007. ISSN 1391-0531. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ Lambert, Lisa (April 21, 2011). "Niayesh Afshordi wins Vainu Bappu Gold Medal" (Press release). Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. 
  9. ^ Satake, Alison (March 4, 2015). "LSU and Campus Federal Credit Union Name Rainmakers" (Press release). Louisiana State University. 
  10. ^ "Professor M. K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal". Astronomical Society of India. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 

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