IUPAP-TIFR Homi Bhabha Medal and Prize

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The IUPAP-TIFR Homi Bhabha Medal and Prize was established by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, India in 2010 to honor Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha, a cosmic ray physicist well-known for the Bhabha-Heitler cascade theory and relativistic positron-electron scattering also known as Bhabha scattering. Bhabha founded the TIFR in 1945 and initiated the nuclear energy program in India in 1951 with strong support from the well-known philanthropist and industrialist J.R.D. Tata and the Government of India then led by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Bhabha initiated experimental programs for the study of cosmic ray particles and their interactions with instruments either carried aloft to the top of the atmosphere with balloons or placed in laboratories at high altitude or deep underground. The Homi Bhabha Medal and Prize consists of a certificate, a medal, an award of INR 250,000 and an invitation to visit the TIFR, Mumbai, and the Cosmic Ray Laboratory, Ooty to deliver public lectures there, and will be awarded biennially at the International Cosmic Ray Conferences (ICRCs), held generally in odd numbered years.

The IUPAP-TIFR Homi Bhabha Medal and Prize will be awarded to an active scientist who has made distinguished contributions in the field of cosmic ray physics over an extended academic career. The winner of the prize will be selected by the members of the C4 and a senior cosmic ray scientist nominated by the Director, TIFR. The winner of the 2019 award will be presented the certificate at the ICRC 2019 in Madison, WI, USA, on 24 July 2019 and invited to visit India at a mutually convenient time thereafter to deliver two public lectures. The Director, TIFR will present the Homi Bhabha medal and an award of INR 250,000 to the winner on this occasion. The winner will be provided with reasonable travel expenses and local hospitality for the visit to TIFR, Mumbai and Cosmic Ray Laboratory, Ooty in India.

Nominations supporting the case, including the nominee’s curriculum vitae and publication list of the important publications, should be submitted to Prof. Sunil K. Gupta. The sponsor may also wish to ask two co-sponsors to send supporting letters. Nominations should be sent via email to the following address:

Contact: Sunil K. Gupta (Chair, C4) (E-Mail: gupta.crl@gmail.com)

A list of the previous winners can be also found at the website of C4.

The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 28 February 2019.

Self-nomination will not be considered.

Past Winners

1. Prof. Sir Arnold Wolfendale, Durham University, United Kingdom

Awarded in "32nd ICRC 2011, Beijing"

Visited India in November 2014 and delivered public lectures

1. At Cosmic Ray Laboratory, Ooty
Title : Art & Science
Venue : Anna stadium, Ooty on 13-11-2014 14:00 Hrs
2. At Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Title : Cosmic Rays and Cosmology
Venue : Dr. Homi Bhabha Auditorium, TIFR, Mumbai on 17-11-2014 17:00 Hrs

2. Prof. Heinrich J. Völk, Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics, Germany

Awarded in "33rd ICRC 2013, Rio de Janeiro"

Visited India in Jan 2016 and delivered public lectures

1. At Cosmic Ray Laboratory, Ooty
Title : Cosmic Rays, their sources, and their movement in the Galaxy
Venue : Anna stadium, Ooty on 27-01-2016 14:00 Hrs
2. At Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Title : Cosmic Rays from our Galaxy
Venue : Dr. Homi Bhabha Auditorium, TIFR, Mumbai on 29-01-2016 17:00 Hrs

3. Prof. Thomas K. Gaisser, Bartol Research Institute, University of Delaware, USA

Awarded in "34th ICRC 2015, The Hague"

Visited India in Jan 2017 and delivered public lectures

1. At Cosmic Ray Laboratory, Ooty
Title : Cosmic particles - messengers from outer space
Venue : Anna stadium, Ooty on 18-01-2017 14:00 Hrs
2. At Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Title : Cosmic-rays with IceCube and IceTop at the South Pole
Venue : Dr. Homi Bhabha Auditorium, TIFR, Mumbai on 20-01-2017 17:30 Hrs

4. Prof. Subir Sarkar, University of Oxford, United Kingdom and Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark

Awarded in "35th ICRC 2017, Busan"

Visited India in Dec 2018 and delivered public lectures

1. At Cosmic Ray Laboratory, Ooty
Title : Connecting inner space and outer space
Venue : HADP auditorium, Ooty on 17-12-2018 14:00 Hrs
2. At Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Title : Connecting inner space and outer space
Venue : Dr. Homi Bhabha Auditorium, TIFR, Mumbai on 07-01-2019 17:30 Hrs