R C Kapoor


[ Astronomer, Professor | Indian Institute of Astrophysics ]
B Sc (Astrophysics) – Meerut University
M Sc (History of Astronomy) – Agra University
Ph D – Agra University

Prof Ramesh Chander Kapoor began his career in 1971 at the Uttar Pradesh State Observatory (now Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, ARIES) at Nainital in observational astronomy. Since March 1974 until 30.09.2010, he was with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore where he worked on various topics in relativistic astrophysics black holes, white holes, quasars and pulsars etc. His association with the institution continues. He has been participant as observer and organizer in many solar eclipse expeditions of IIA. His current interest is the historical side of comet sightings and observations from the Indian region that have received little or no notice at all in more recent literature. He is active into popularization of astronomy and has also published on Indian Systems of Medicine. He has published a number of research papers in peer-reviewed international journals and presented papers in national and international conferences. He has all along been active into popularization of astronomy. He has many popular articles published in national dailies and science magazines. He frequently interacts with the print and the electronic media on diverse scientific topics of interest to the general public. Prof Kapoor has participated as observer and as organizer in a few solar eclipse expeditions of IIA (1980 India, 1983 Indonesia, 1995 India, 1999 India, 2009 India, 2010 India) personal in 2017, USA. He organized the Transit of Venus observation events in 2004 and 2012 at the campus of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics which were witnessed by thousands of people and students. For over 25 years, he organized astronomy exhibitions during the Indian Science Congress annual meetings on behalf of IIA. His current interest is in the history of astronomy in India. He has been exploring the historical side of comet sightings, eclipses and the observations made from the Indian region since antiquity.

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