Predhiman Krishan Kaw

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Predhiman Krishan Kaw
Born (1948-01-15)15 January 1948
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Died 18 June 2017(2017-06-18) (aged 69)
Residence Gujarat, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology
Princeton University
Physical Research Laboratory
Known for Plasma Physics Theory
Awards Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award
Padma Shri
TWAS Prize
Scientific career
Fields Plasma Physics, Laser Physics
Institutions Institute for Plasma Research
Doctoral advisor Prof. M. S. Sodha

Predhiman Krishan Kaw (15 January 1948 – 18 June 2017)[1] was an Indian plasma physicist. He had been the founding director[2] of the Institute for Plasma Research and served the institute as the director from 1986 to 2012. He was born on January 15, 1948 in Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), India. He matriculated from Punjab University (1958) and completed his M.Sc. from Agra University in 1964. He received PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1966 under Supervision of Prof. M. S. Sodha, and was the first Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.[3] Kaw received his Ph.D. at the age of 18,[1] following which he completed his PostDoc at Princeton University. He was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award, India's fourth-highest honor, in 1985 and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1986. On December 28, 2016 he was awarded the Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Prize of Plasma Physics for his seminal contributions in the areas of laser-plasma interactions, strongly coupled dusty plasmas, and turbulence, nonlinear effect in magnetic fusion devices. He is also a recipient of the 2008 TWAS Prize.[4]

Professional details[edit]

Year Institute Designation
1967-1969 Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellow
1969-1971 Princeton University, USA Research Staff & Lecturer
1971-1974 Physical Research Laboratory, India Associate Professor
1974-1975 Physical Research Laboratory, India Professor
1975-1982 Princeton University, USA Principal Research Physicist Lecturer in Astrophysical Sciences
1982-1986 Plasma Physics Programme, Physical Research Laboratory, India Director
1986-2012 Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, India Director
2012–2017 Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, India DST Year of Science Professor

Selected articles and talks[edit]


  1. ^ a b John, P.I.; Sen, Abhijit (25 July 2017). "Predhiman Krishan Kaw -- Personal News" (PDF). Current Science. 113 (02): 337. 
  2. ^ "Staff Page, Institute for Plasma Research". Institute for Plasma Research. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Distinguished Alumni Awards". 
  4. ^ "Prizes and Awards". The World Academy of Sciences. 2016. 

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