GC Anupama has become the first woman president of the Astronomical Society of India. The appointment comes 47 years after the Astronomical Society of India came into existence in 1972.
She was elected to the post in the ASI Executive Council elections for triennium 2019-22 held last week, the society’s website states. The recipient of the Govt. of Karnataka’s Sir C.V. Raman Young Scientist Award, Anupama currently works as the dean and senior professor at the Bangalore based Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA).
Anupama is part of Indian core team that is part of the international team engaged in establishing the ‘Thirty Meter Telescope’ (TMT) project at cost of over 1 billion USD in USA (Hawaii). Scientific organisations of Canada, China, India, Japan, and USA are funding this project.
Anupama did her PhD from IIA in Studies of Classical and Recurrent Novae and her post-doctoral work at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune. She has led the charge for the design and construction of the famous Himalayan telescope at the Hanle Observatory in Ladakh. It is one of the world’s highest sites for optical, infrared and gamma-ray telescopes—which studies supernovas.
She is part of Indian core team that is part of the international team engaged in establishing the ‘Thirty Meter Telescope’ (TMT) project at cost of over 1 billion USD in USA (Hawaii). Scientific organisations of Canada, China, India, Japan, and USA are funding this project
“We try and understand the outburst by analysing the type of star that might have caused it and other topics regarding the same,” she told The New Indian Express.
While India has a bare minimum number of women scientists in astronomy and astrophysics, Anupama’s rise in the field proves that stereotypes can be broken. She has presented many papers on Astrophysics (supernovae) at international conferences. She has also been the editor of the Bulletin Astronomical Society of India (2004-10).
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