Ashok Kumar Singhvi
DST-SERB Year of Science Professsor , PRL , Ahmedabad , India
20th March 2022 : 3.10 pm to 4.10 pm IST
A nuclear physicist turned into geoscientist, Dr Ashok Kumar Singhvi, has contributed to Quaternary studies in India by establishing Luminescence Dating in India. He innovated the only method to date, of dating deserts in the world and has substantively contributed to methodological development and novel applications of this method. He has supervised 17 Ph.Ds., contributed about 220 papers in peer reviewed journals and over 20 edited/authors books and conference proceeding. He helped establishment of 10 Luminescence dating laboratories in India.
He proposed and developed with other colleagues, several National initiatives such as, a) National Facility for Geochronology at Interuniversity accelerator centre, Delhi; b) Successful bid for 36th IGC; c) National programs on --the Critical Zone; -Paleoclimate and Geoengineering and the Geological Record of Tsunamis along Indian coasts; the Federation of the Indian Geosciences association(FIGA), and the Association of Quaternary Scientists in India.
He served a member of Executive Comm. Of IGBP-PAGES core project; Science Program Comm. of UN’s International Year of Planet Earth and, lead UNSCOs IGCPS 349 and 413 on Global Deserts and their evolution.
He is a fellow of all the science academies of India, the world academy of sciences (TWAS) and the Geological Societies of India and London. His numerous awards include; the Geological Society of America’s Farouk El Baz Award for Desert Research; National Geoscience Award for Excellence; Birbal Sahni Centenary Medal of Indian Science Congress; the Naha and SK.Mitra medals of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Vasvik award and the Goyal Prize.
He served as the Vice President of INSA and of International Quaternary Union (INQUA).