Detailed Biographical Data

1. Name: Tara Prasad Das

2. Citizenship: U. S. A.

3. Education:

Bachelor of Science (Honors), Patna University, India, 1949

Master of Science, Calcutta University, India, 1951

Doctor of Philosophy Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta University, India, 1955

4. Professional Positions: Prior to my permanent academic positions in Universities in the USA, I held post-doctoral research associate positions in the USA for one year in Cornell University, Department of Chemistry (1955-1956) and one year in University of California, Berkeley, Department of Physics (1956-1957), the academic position of Reader (Associate Professor) in Nuclear Physics at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta, India (1957-1958) , Research Assistant Professor at Dept. of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA (1958-1959), Research Associate Professor at Dept. of Chemistry, Columbia University, New York City, USA, (1959-1960) and Senior Research Officer at Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Bombay, India (1960-1961).

My past and present permanent (tenured) academic positions are as follows:

Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of California, Riverside, California, USA 1961-`65

Professor, Department of Physics, University of California, Riverside, California, USA, 1965-`69

Professor, Department of Physics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 1969-`71

Professor, Department of Physics, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York, USA, 1971 to present

5. Visiting Positions: I have held visiting positions as Visiting Professor or Research Scientist either during sabbatical leave periods or in the Summer breaks between Spring and Fall semesters, at a number of Institutions. These include: (a) Université Paris Sud-Orsay, France, Spring 1966, (b) Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, England, Summer 1966, (c) Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France, Summer 1977, (d) Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany, Fall 1977 – Winter 1978, (e) University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Spring Quarter 1978, (f) Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland, Summer 1978, (g) Universität Mainz, Germany, Summer 1982, (h) University of Århus, Institute of Physics, Denmark, Summer 1983, (i) University of Tokyo, Faculty of Science, Meson Science Laboratory, Japan, December 1987 – January 1988, February 1990, Summer 1992, (j) Central University of Hyderabad, School of Physics, Hyderabad, India, May – June 1995 (k) Universität Zürich, Physik Department, Switzerland, July – August 1995, (l) Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Japan (Eminent Scientist of RIKEN) 1996, 1997, and (m) Monbusho Senior Visiting Scientist, Institute of Materials Structure Science, Meson Science Laboratory, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, September 1999 – January 2000, (n) Visiting Professorship in the Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, from 1999 to the present.

6. Honors and Awards: (a) US Senior Scientist Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, (Two Awards spent in two visits in Germany, at Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, 1977-78 and Universität Mainz, 1982), (b) Yamada Science Foundation Award, Japan (spent at Meson Science Laboratory, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo, (December 1987-January 1988 and February, 1990, Summer 1992)), (c) Presidential Excellence in Research Award from State University of New York at Albany, USA (1984), (d) Jawaharlal Nehru Visiting Professorship Chair at School of Physics, Central University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, Summer (1995) (e) Eminent Scientist Award [Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Japan] (1996 - 1997), (f) Monbusho (Ministry of Science, Education, Culture and Sports, Japan) Visiting Foreign Scientist, Institute of Materials Structure Science, Meson Science Laboratory, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Japan (1999 September 2000 January)

7. Membership in Professional Societies:

Fellow, American Physical Society

Member, New York Academy of Sciences

Member, Biophysical Society

Member, National Society of Atomic and Molecular Physics, India

Member, Orissa Science Academy, India

8. Research Interests: My research interests have been, and continue to be, focused on the first-principle understanding of electronic structures of atomic, molecular, solid-state and biological systems including the aim to explain their spectroscopic (optical, ultraviolet and infrared), magnetic and hyperfine properties. My research group, especially the Ph.D. students, and post-doctoral physicists, are trained to interact closely with experimentalists, using their theoretical predictions of properties of systems to compare with experimental results and in partnership with experimental groups try to attain a proper understanding of the mechanisms and factors that contribute to a variety of properties including magnetic and hyperfine properties, the latter being obtained by experimentalists by a variety of experimental techniques, ranging from laser techniques for atomic properties to various magnetic resonance techniques, including nuclear magnetic and quadrupole resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance, and associated refinements in these, including a variety of double resonance techniques for solid state (including systems of interest in material) and biological systems.

We also make use of results from radiative techniques like Mössbauer spectroscopy, perturbed angular correlation spectroscopy involving both g-g and b-g correlation and especially muon spin rotation (mSR). In addition, for our interests on surface properties of condensed matter systems we obtain from our electronic structure investigations the geometries of both reconstructed and unreconstructed surfaces with and without adsorbed atoms which can be tested with current methods involving Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and related techniques as well as electron diffraction and X-ray scattered wave techniques.

This emphasis on close interaction with experimental groups to use results from theory and experiment concurrently to maximize information about the electronic structures and related properties of a variety of systems has led to my worldwide collaborations (a number of them currently continuing) over the past three decades with a number of experimental and theory groups, including the Institute of Physics, Bucharest, Romania; Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany; Instituut voor Kern En Strahlingsfysika, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; Instituut voor Technische Naturkunde, Technische Hogeschool, Delft, Netherlands; Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Institut für Physik, Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany; RISO National Laboratory, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark; Physik Department, Technische Universität München, Garching, Germany; Physikalisches Institut der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany; Fysiska Institutionen, Materialfysik, Uppsala Universitet, Uppsala, Sweden; Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; Fachbereich Physik der Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany; Department of Physics, Yeung Nam University, Taegu, South Korea; Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India; Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, India; School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India; Department of Physics, University of Durban-Westville, Durban, South Africa; Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan; Muon Science Laboratory RIKEN (and RIKEN-Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, United Kingdom), Wako-Shi, Saitama, Japan; Institute of Materials Structure Science, Meson Science Laboratory, High Energy Accelerator Research Laboratory (KEK), Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan; Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida; Central Departments of Physics and Computer Science, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal; Institut für Physik, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany.

I shall list my research interests according to the materials involved rather than the experimental techniques used to obtain the data that we interpret, because often we use data in the same systems from more than one experimental technique for comparison with our theoretical results. Our journal articles in the fields of itemized research interests that are described below have been presented in the same order in the itemized list that is presented later in this link.

  1. twenty-six (26) went into faculty positions at universities, with six of them in universities abroad, one each in Australia, Malaysia and Greece and three in India,

  2. five (5) joined national laboratories, with three in the US and two abroad, one of them reaching the position of President of the Government Advanced Energy Research Institute in South Korea and another the Director-General of Science and Technology Research Program of the Government of Nigeria,

  3. thirteen (13) went into research positions in Industry in the USA and abroad, one becoming the Vice-President in Indian Metals and Ferro-Alloys Corporation in Thiruvelli in Orissa, India and another is the CEO of Software Corporation of America in the Washington D.C. area, and

  4. five (5) have gone into Medical Physics positions in prominent Hospitals in the USA.

  1. seven (7) hold University faculty positions both in the US and abroad, in the latter case, one in India and two in China,

  2. three (3) in National Laboratories, all abroad, in France, India and Nigeria, the one in India has held the position of Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research,

  3. two (2) in Medical Physicist positions in the US, and

  4. six (6) in Research Positions in Industry in the US and abroad, in the latter case, one in India.

    10. Past and Current International Collaborations:

  1. Abstracts Presented at National and International Conferences: A list of Abstracts of papers that my students, collaborators and I have presented at National and International Meetings since 2001 can be found under this link. The Conferences listed are typical of Conferences where we presented papers since the mid 1960`s. In addition to these Conferences we have also presented papers at some other Conferences on topics involving research interests of myself and my group.

  2. Publications (Books, Reviews and Journal Articles): I have authored three books (two jointly with one co-author in each case and one by myself), sixteen review articles (either by myself or with others as co-authors) and 396 research articles in leading refereed journals in Physics, Chemistry, Biophysics and Biochemistry, of which 380 are already published or in press and 16 others submitted for publication, involving all areas of my interests in atomic physics, condensed matter physics and material science and biophysics. Please follow this link for a list of the books I have authored co-authored and recent reviews and papers (and a few earlier ones) in my various areas of interest by my research group, collaborators at other centers and myself.


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