Professor Tarun Souradeep has assumed charge as director of the Raman Research Institute (RRI).
Souradeep was earlier a professor and the Chair of the physics department at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, Naresh V.S, administrative officer of RRI said, in a statement.
Souradeep's area of expertise is Cosmology and Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy, areas in which he has made important contributions and succeeded in creating a strong, sustained Indian effort addressing issues at par with international research.
The impact of the Indian team led by the scientist is widely recognized, both in the field of cosmology with frontline Cosmic Microwave Background experiments (CMB), and the emergent field of gravitational wave (GW) astronomy, according to the statement.
Tarun Souradeep has received several prestigious awards, including the DST Swarnajayanti Fellowship.
He received his PhD from Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Kansas State University's High Energy Physics Group and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, the statement said.
Souradeep is the spokesperson (science) for LIGO-India and Member Secretary of LIGO - India Scientific Management Board. Together with professor Bala Iyer (then at RRI), he was one of lead proposers of the national mega-science LIGO-India project way back in 2011.
He is a recipient of various awards, including DST Swarnajayanti Fellowship, Gruber Cosmology Prize 2016 and 2018 and the Special Breakthrough Prize for 2016. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the Indian Academy of Sciences, the statement read.