Bishun Khare

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Bishun Khare
Bishun Narain Khare

(1933-06-27)27 June 1933
Varanasi, India
Died20 August 2013(2013-08-20) (aged 80)
OccupationResearch Scientist
Known forTholin

Bishun Narain Khare (27 June 1933 – 20 August 2013) was a scientist who specialized in the chemistry of planetary atmospheres and of molecules relevant to biology.[1] He published several papers on tholins, the organic molecules formed by ultraviolet radiation or cosmic rays.[2][3][4][5] From 1968 to 1996, Khare worked in Carl Sagan's Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. During this time he appeared in the Cosmos television series. From 1996 to 1998, he worked at the NASA Ames Research Center and from 1998 onward he worked at the SETI Institute.


  1. ^ R.R. Bowker Company. Database Publishing Group (2009). American Men & Women of Science. 4. Bowker. ISBN 9781414433042. Retrieved 2015-09-12.
  2. ^ Sagan, Carl; Khare, B. N. (January 1979). "Tholins: organic chemistry of interstellar grains and gas". Nature. 277 (5692): 102–107. doi:10.1038/277102a0. ISSN 0028-0836.
  3. ^ Khare, B.N.; Sagan, Carl; Arakawa, E.T.; Suits, F.; Callcott, T.A.; Williams, M.W. (1984). "Optical constants of organic tholins produced in a simulated Titanian atmosphere: From soft x-ray to microwave frequencies". Icarus. 60 (1): 127–137. Bibcode:1984Icar...60..127K. doi:10.1016/0019-1035(84)90142-8. ISSN 0019-1035.
  4. ^ Khare, B.N.; et al. (2002). "Analysis of the Time-Dependent Chemical Evolution of Titan Haze Tholin". Icarus. 160 (1): 172–182. Bibcode:2002Icar..160..172K. doi:10.1006/icar.2002.6899. ISSN 0019-1035.
  5. ^ Khare, Bishun N.; Meyyappan, M.; Cassell, Alan M.; Nguyen, Cattien V.; Han, Jie (2002). "Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes Using Atomic Hydrogen from a Glow Discharge". Nano Letters. 2 (1): 73–77. Bibcode:2002NanoL...2...73K. doi:10.1021/nl015646j. ISSN 1530-6984.

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