Mumbai, March 12 (LocalWire) Distinguished physicist-cum scientist Ajit Kumar Mohanty, has been appointed as the new Director of India’s premier Bhabha Atomic Research CEntre (BARC), here on Tuesday.
Mohanty, 60, who is also Director, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, took over his new charge from the incumbent K. N. Vyas, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
Born in Odisha in 1959, Mohanty completed his graduation in 1979 with honours in Physics from MPC College, Baripada, and his post-graduation in 1981 from the pretigious Ravenshaw College, Cuttack.
Coming to Mumbai from Odisha, later, he graduated in the 26th batch of BARC Training School and then joined the Nuclear Physics Division of BARC in 1983, besides completing his doctorate from University of Mumbai.
In the past more than three-and-half decades years, Mohanty has worked in several areas of nuclear physiccoverincollision energy from sub-Coulomb Barrier to relativistic regime, according to an official.
These include experiment using Pelletron Accelerator at TIFR, PHENIX, and CMS experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA and CERN, Geneva respectively.
In 1988, he was honoured with the ‘Young Scientists Award’ of Indian Physical Society, followed by the ‘Young Physicist Award’ of Indian National Science Academy and the ‘DAE Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award’.
On two separate occasions in less than a decade, he was conferred the ‘CERN Scientific Associate’, first in 2002-2004 and then in 2010-2011.
At his formal take-over ceremony, Mohanty expressed gratitude towards all his predecessors in the BARC Physics Group who helped him to understand the finer nuances of low and high energynuclear physics, and acknowledged efforts by the senior scientists which helped him to contribute and complete projects of national and international importance.
As the BARC Director Mohanty said he was committed to carry forward the crucial work of BARC in the fields of societal importance and strive for excellence in research in the fields of basic and applied sciences.