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Abhay Ashtekar : Curriculum Vitae

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Name: Abhay Vasant Ashtekar


  • Ph. D. (Physics)
    University of Chicago, 1974

  • Doctor Rerum Naturalium Honoris Causa
    Friedrich-Schiller Universitaet, Jena, Germany, 2005
    Universite de la Mediterranee, Aix-Marseille, France, 2010
  • 1983-1985
    Professeur (Chaire de Gravitation)
    Universite de Paris VI,
    (Appointed February '83, resigned October '85)

  • 1984-1988
    Professor of Physics
    Syracuse University

  • 1988-1992
    Distinguished Professor of Physics
    Syracuse University

  • 1992-1993
    Erastus Franklin Holden Professor of Physics
    Syracuse University

  • 1993-
    Eberly Professor of Physics and Director, Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos
    Penn State University
  • First Gravity prize in the annual international competition, awarded by the Gravity Research Foundation, Massachusetts, 1977.

  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1981-1985.

  • Chancellor's Citation for Academic Excellence, Syracuse University 1987.

  • Elected to the Governing Council of the International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation, 1989-1998.

  • Rufus Putnam Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ohio University, October 1989.

  • Senior Visiting Fellow. British Science and Engineering Research Council, Spring 1991.

  • Distinguished Lectures, Institute for Fundamental Theory, University of Florida, Spring 1992.

  • Wasserstrom Award for Graduate Teaching and Advising, 1992.

  • Distinguished Lectures, Center for Theoretical Physics, University of Maryland, February 1994.

  • 1995 Andrejewski Lectures on Mathematical Physics, Federal Republic of Germany.

  • Elected Honorary Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, 1996.

  • Golden Jubilee Visiting Professor, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India, August 1997.

  • Distinguished Lecture Series; Mexican Academy of Science, Mexico-US Foundation for Science and UAM, Mexico City, September 1997.

  • Elected Fellow, American Physical Society, 1997.

  • Elected Foreign Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences, India 1997.

  • Chair, Topical Group in Gravitation, of the American Physical Society, 1998.

  • Elected President, American Chapter of the Indian Physics Association (2000-2002).

  • Profile featured in The New York Times Scientists at Work, edited by L. Chang, Foreword by Stephen Jay Gould (McGraw Hill, New York, 2000).

  • Invited Lecture in the symposium "Les Quanta": un Siecle apres Planck" celebrating 100th anniversary of the publication of Planck's paper on black body radiation, at the French Academie des Sciences, Paris 2000.

  • The Centennial Saha Memorial Lecture, Kolkotta, India 2000.

  • Wiegand Lectures, St. Johns College, Santa Fe 2001.

  • Academy Public Lecture, Indian Academy of Science, 2002, 2004.

  • Awarded the senior Forschungspreis by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 2004.

  • Sir C.V. Raman Chair of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2004-2005).

  • The S. N. Bose Memorial Lecture, Kolkatta, India 2005.

  • The Krammers Chair of Theoretical Physics, University of Utrecht, Spring 2006.

  • Awarded Distinguished Scholar Prize by the American Chapter of Indian Association of Physics, 2007.

  • Elected President, International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation, 2007-2010.

  • Elected Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science, 2008.

  • Lewiner Distinguished Lecture Series, Technion, Israel 2009.

  • Doctor Rerum Naturalium Honoris Causa, Universite de la Mediterranee, Aix-Marseille, France 2010

  • Ireland Distinguished Lectures, University of New Brunswick, Canada 2010
  • Gastwissenenschaftler (Guest Scholar), at the Max Planck Institut für Physik und Astrophysik, München, Germany, May-June 1976; July-August 1978; June 1979; August 1986; January-February 1991.

  • Visiting Scientist, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India, December 1973; August 1979.

  • Visiting Professor, Mathematics Department, University of Poona, India; December 1984.

  • Organizer of and Principal Investigator for proposals to Syracuse University and the NSF for the Syracuse Discussion Conference on Classical and Quantum Gravity; April 17-20, 1985.

  • Coordinator of a six-month workshop on Quantum gravity at the National Science Foundation Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara; January-June 1986.

  • National Board of Higher Mathematics Visiting Professor, Universities and Research Institutes in India, December 1986-January 1987.

  • Member, Editorial Board, Classical and Quantum Gravity, 1988-1991.

  • Member, National Science Foundation Oversight Review Panel, 1988.

  • Visiting Professor, Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Poona, India, 1988-present.

  • Member, National Science Foundation Panel (Physics Division) for selection of Young Presidential Investigators, Dec. 1989.

  • Treasurer for North America, International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (1990-present).

  • Member, Basilis Xanthopoulos International Award Committee 1991-93, Chair 93-98.

  • Consultant on Science and Technology for UNDP (United Nations Development Program). December 1991.

  • Managing Editor for General Relativity and Quantum Gravity, International Journal of Modern Physics-D, Feb. '92-Dec. '05

  • Member, Advisory Committee for the Creation of the Potsdam Institute of Gravitational Physics, appointed by the Max Planck Society of Germany, 1993-1996.

  • Member, Committee of Visitors of the National Science Foundation, 1994.

  • Scientific Director of the Workshop on Mathematical Problems of Nonperturbative Quantum Gravity held at the Erwin Schroedinger International Institute for Mathematical Science held in Vienna, Austria on July - August 1996, June 1997.

  • Chair, the NSF "Special Emphasis Panel on Gravitational Physics," 1996-97.

  • Member, National Research Council Committee on Gravitational Physics (to prepare the decennial report), 1997-1998.

  • Chief Editor (for physics), Advances in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics, 1997- .

  • Co-organizer, Program on "Classical and Quantum Physics of Strong Gravitational Fields," Institute of Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, January-June 1999.

  • Member, Advisory Board, Xanthopoulos International Prize in Gravitation and Cosmology (2000-present).

  • Member, Editorial Board Physical Review D (2000-2003).

  • Chair, Exective Committee of the NSF Physics Frontier Center for Gravitational Wave Physics (2001-2005).

  • Overseas Advisor for the 5 Year British Research Assessment Exercise for all UK Programs in Applied Mathematics (2001).

  • Member, the First Einstein Prize Committee of the American Physical Society (2002).

  • Member, Editorial Board of the International Journal of Geometric Methods in Modern Physics (2004).

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Council of the Inter University Center of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University Giants Commission, Government of India (2004-present).

  • Scientific Organizer, 1 month sub-program on Quantum Gravity, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge (2005).

  • Scientific Director, A. K. Raychaudhuri Workshop on Cosmology, held at IUCAA, Pune, India (2005).

  • Visiting Professor, Beijing Normal University, China (2007-2012)

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