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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.