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About PhyFA'21

PhyFA’21 is a conglomeration of eminent Physicists and Industrialist and Professors who have left their mark with phenomenal discoveries and innovative ideas. The symposium will be kicked off with Dr. David J. Wineland’s (Nobel Laureate Physics-2012) lecture on his monumental inventions and the cornerstone of his success followed by series of lectures on science communication, the influence of mathematics in physical science and astronomy. An insightful interview of a renowned industrialist, Dr. BĂĄrbara Buades, CEO, Meetoptics along with glimpses of her journey from Ph.D. to CEO lies in store for the participants. PhyFA’21 presents a bird’s eye view on fundamental aspects of various disciplines in Physics to turn participants’ fascinations into aspirations. 


Prof. David J. Wineland,

received a B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965 and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1970. He was the group leader at NIST in Boulder, Colorado, from 1975 to 2017 and now he is a Philip H. Knight Distinguished Research Chair in the Department of Physics at the University of Oregon. The primary goals of his work have been to increase the precision of atomic clocks and the precise control of atomic energy levels and atomic motion. Such control can be applied to metrology whose precision is limited only by the constraints of quantum mechanics and to demonstrations of the basic building blocks of a quantum computer. For this work, he shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics with Serge Haroche, Collège de France. He is the fellow of several reputed academies and has received copious awards and honors for his phenomenal work in quantum information. In PhyFA’21 Prof. Wineland would shed light on his astounding work- ‘Atomic Clocks’ and also share his success story inspiring the participants to reach great heights.

Prof. Anthony S Arrott,

Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University, Canada, is a 93- and-a-half-year old distinguished Canadian Physicist who has made innumerable contributions in the field of magnetism. He is the pioneer to define a famous method, known as ‘Arrott plot’ (1957), for describing the nature of the magnetic transition in ferromagnets. He has developed remarkable theories on liquid crystals and has played a central role in designing, constructing, and operation of ‘Thermal Neutron Facility’ at the TRIUMF particle accelerator centre, Canada. He is the recipient of prestigious Allis- Chalmers, Guggenheim, and Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science fellowships. He served as the president of the ‘Vancouver Institute’ and the ‘Science for Peace’ and has been endowed with the medal for ‘Lifetime Achievement in Physics’ by the Canadian Association of Physics. He will join us in the PhyFA’21 symposium to disseminate his knowledge on ‘Why can I fit the data? A question without an answer’, which would highlight the role mathematics in physical theories, and show the high road to success.

Prof. John Philip

is a prolific researcher in the field of condensed matter physics. His research interest includes soft matter physics, nanofluids and their applications.   After completing Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and postdoctoral research  in France and UK, he joined Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research as a scientist.   He is the head of Corrosion Science and Technology Division, Metallurgy and Materials Group and Professor at Homi-Bhabha National Institute. He has been named in the top 2% scientist list in the world (2020) published by Stanford University. He is an  elected   Fellow of the   National Academy of Sciences. He is a diligent scientist with over 290 publications, 6 patents,  13000 citations and   H-index 52. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards such as  Homi Bhabha Science and Technology award, Science & Technology Excellence Award, Distinguished Faculty Award of HBNI, MRSI Medal, Ron Halmshaw award of  British Institute of NDT and INS Gold Medal. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of nanofluids of American Scientific Publishers, member of the editorial board in several journals and council member of several institutions. His work on ferrofluid has been appeared in the movie “Black Magic” on the UGC Channel of Doordarshan and in many media. Prof. Philip will deliver an exciting lecture on ‘Interesting optical properties and fascinating applications of magnetic nanofluids’ on Day 2 in PhyFA’21.

Dr. Jane Gregory,

joined the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), University of Cambridge in 2018 as a Teaching Associate for Science Communication. She is the Academic Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Science Communication. Dr. Gregory has taught science communication for nearly 30 years and has designed undergraduate and postgraduate courses for Imperial, UCL, Birkbeck and Manchester Universities. She is a co-author of the long-serving textbook ‘Science in Public’. Her core research interest lies in analyzing ‘the role of public science communication in the emergence of new scientific ideas and social change’. She is also a board member of the journal ‘Science Communication’ and a founder member and now co-convenor of the London Public Understanding of Science Seminar hosted by the London School of Economics. Dr. Gregory’s teaching focuses on the public dimensions of science, technology and medicine, and has covered a variety of topics including globalization, citizenship, science fiction, rejected knowledge, history, theory and practice of science communication. She is, therefore, a felicitous speaker who would elucidate ‘Science communication: responsibilities, motives and respect’ in PhyFA’21

Prof. Dinesh Kumar Srivastava

is Homi Bhabha Chair Professor in the Energy and  Environment Programme. He has held many distinguished positions in the past such as DAE Raja Ramanna Fellow; Director and Distinguished Scientist in Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata; Honorary Professor, Amity University, NOIDA;  Emeritus Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute. Prof. Srivastava started his career as Scientific Officer at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1971 and moved to Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre Kolkata in 1979 to retire as Director and Distinguished Scientist of this Organization in 2016. He has held visiting positions at several universities and research centers such as the University of Frankfurt in Germany, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, University of Minnesota and Duke University in the USA, McGill University Canada, etc. Prof. Srivastava is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences as well as Indian National Science Academy. He has about 160 publications in refereed journals and has delivered more than 100 talks at national and international conferences. He has been honoured with several national and international awards for research and academic activities. His present field of specialization includes electromagnetic and heavy flavour probes of Quark-Gluon Plasma, a matter which filled the entire universe a few microseconds after the Big Bang. He has earlier worked on the theory of low energy nuclear reactions. In PhyFA’21, Prof. Srivatsava will deliver a lecture in this year Nobel-winning field:‘Climate change and energy concerns’

Prof. B. Eswar Reddy

secured his doctoral degree (1997) in the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, India and at present, he is one of the leading scientists and a Professor in the same institute. His area of specialization is applying high resolution spectroscopy to understand stellar nucleosynthesis and Galactic evolution. He was a postdoctoral fellow (1997-1999) at Valparaiso University and research fellow (1999-2003) at the University of Texas, Austin. He and his collaborators have recently made a breakthrough in stellar spectroscopy where they discovered the source for the Lithium’s increase in the Universe after the big bang. Prof. Reddy through his diligent work solved this mystery that remained as an enigmatic puzzle for decades. He is the program director of ‘Thirty Meter Telescope” (TMT), the world’s most advanced and capable ground-based optical, near- infrared, and mid-infrared observatory since 2014. This multinational venture involves India, United States, Canada, Japan and China. Prof. Reddy is also a designated Governor in the Board of Governors in TMT. Prof. Reddy will illuminate the participants with his presentation on ‘Next Generation Optical and Infrared Telescope Projects: New Windows to the Universe’.

Dr. Murukeshan Vadakke Matham,

is the Director of Centre for Optical & Laser Engineering (COLE), and also the deputy director of The Photonics Institute (TPI), NTU. He carried out his Ph.D. at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (1997) in and at the University of Oldenburg, Germany under the DAAD Fellowship. Since 1997 he has been with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore as a faculty. He has over 25 years of research experience and more than 20 years of teaching experience. He is a Life Member of the Optical Society of India (OSI), and regular member of Optica, and a Fellow of SPIE. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK. He has given more than 30 invited, 20 plenary/Keynote talks and over 10 pedagogical lectures at major Conferences. Further, he is very actively engaging and coordinating optics outreach programs with local schools in Singapore and around through the Center for Optical and Laser Engineering (COLE). He has given many short-term courses to engineers/practitioners in the industries and academia to update them about the latest in optical engineering through continuing education programs. He is currently serving as the Associate Editor of Optical Engineering and International journal of Optomechatronics. He has authored over 170 international journal papers, over 140 international conference proceedings papers/presentations and 6 book chapters. He is also inventor/Co-inventor of 14 patents (Filed /Awarded) and 11 innovation disclosures. In PhyFA’21, Dr. Matham will pitch the interesting aspects of ‘Physics and Optics of Micro- and Nanoscale Patterning using VIS-IR wavelengths and its engineering applications’.

Dr. BĂĄrbara Buades

pursued her postgraduation in photonics at the Imperial College London, UK and received her doctoral degree from The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain (2018). During a project, Dr. Buades had to wait 8 weeks for a specific optical component to continue her research. This frustration spurred her into founding her company, ‘MEETOPTICS’, along with Dr. James Douglas to help the researchers and engineers in Photonics to find the optical components and technologies for their setups. The metasearch engine developed by her firm directly routes to thousands of optical components from suppliers worldwide. MEETOPTICS supplies over 40,000 optical components but the distinguishing feature is that they make the search for photonic technologies easy and accessible. With strong perseverance and highly innovative ideas, Dr. Buades has done an outstanding job in establishing her company and bringing it into the limelight. The participants of PhyFA’21 would witness an insightful interview with Dr. Buades and get glimpses of her journey from Ph.D. to CEO.