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Prof. B. N. Bhargawa



About Professor

  • Prof. Bhupendra Nath Bhargava obtained his M.Sc. degree from Allahabad University and got his M.S. from Ohio State University, USA.
  • After his M.S., Prof. Bhargava joined India Meteorological Department at the Astrophysical Observatory in Kodaikanal as a Meteorologist. He took over as the Director of Colaba and Alibag Observatories, Mumbai in 1966 and continued here till his retire¬ment in 1979. In 1971, the Colaba and Alibag Observatories were reconstituted as an autonomous research institute and was called Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG) and he became the first Director of this Institute.
  • While at Kodaikanal, Prof. Bhargava was actively engaged in research dealing with magnetosphere and ionosphere. He took particularly keen interest in generating ionograms and magnetograms that can provide reliable and uninter¬rupted data. The archives of Kodaikanal ionograms are still considered a rich treasure by the global research commu¬nity as it still provides useful data per¬taining to the equatorial region of the world. At IIG, he streamlined the research into observatory and data analysis, solid earth geophysics, upper atmospheric research, and instru¬mentation. Scientific research activities too were organized into data analysis, experimental and field work, theoretical studies, design and fabrication of instru¬ments, and their maintenance. IIG became a premier centre of excellence for geomagnetic research in the country. Bhargava's own contribution to the understanding of quasiperiodic oscillations in the geomag¬netic field was globally recognized. His team also extensively looked at the inter¬action between solar wind and geomag¬netic changes.
  • Prof. Bhargava was instrumental in getting recognition for the Institute as a post¬graduate research centre under Bombay University and several young researchers were able to obtain their Ph.D. degree while continuing with their assigned responsibilities. It was under his directorship, four new observatories at Ujjain, Jaipur, Shillong and Gulmarg became operational. During his tenure, cooperative scientific research was significantly enhanced with (the then) USSR, Australia, USA and others.
  • He was elected fel¬low of the Indian Academy of Sci¬ences, Bangalore.



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