Prof. Durgesh Tripathi
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA)
Durgesh Tripathi is a Professor and solar physicist at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA). His research interest lies in the field of dynamic coupling of the magnetised solar atmosphere. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT) onboard the Aditya-L1 mission, the first space observatory of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) dedicated to solar observations. Durgesh completed his Ph.D. from the Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), Goettingen, in 2005. He moved to the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge, England, for his post-doctoral research. He spent about six years in England before returning to India and taking up a position at IUCAA. During his tenure at Cambridge, he was awarded a prestigious research fellowship from Clare Hall. He has also held several positions abroad, such as visiting scientist at the High Altitude Observatory, USA, and visiting professorship at the Kyoto University, Japan. In 2017, the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, conferred him with the BUTI foundation award in Plasma Science and Technology. In 2013, the Romanian Academy of Science presented the Group Achievement Award in Understanding the Genesis and Evolution of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) to Durgesh and colleagues. Durgesh is also an affiliate faculty at the Centre of Excellence in Space Science India (CESSI), at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER-Kolkata). From 2014 till 2021, he was the head of the Max-Planck India Partner Group on the coupling and dynamics of the solar atmosphere.