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NASI Fellowship to Dr. Shankar in addition to Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize
While Dr. Shankar's news on the SS Bhantagar Prize is up here, he is conferred with another honour. National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) - one of the three prestigious science academies in India - has elected him as the Fellow. NASI was founded in 1930. The main function of the Academy is towards cultural improvement by contribution to human knowledge. The academy elects Fellows for their contributions in different fields of knowledge.
During the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Foundation day function at New Delhi on 26 September 2011, Dr. S. Brahmachari, Director General, CSIR announced award of the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes for Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean, and Environmental Sciences to Dr. D. Shankar, scientist from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO). He is the sole recipient of this award for the year. Ten other Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prizes covering Biological, Chemical, Physical, Mathematical, Engineering, and Medical Sciences were also announced during the same function by Dr. Brahmachari. These prizes are named after the founder Director General of the CSIR, the late Dr. (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar. Each SSB Prize carries a cash award of five lakh rupees, a plaque, a citation, and a monthly honorarium while in service.
Dr. Shankar received B.Tech in aerospace engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1989 and M.Tech. in atmospheric sciences from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 1991. He started his career at NIO as Scientist in the year 1995. While working in the institute he worked on his doctoral research and was awarded PhD by Goa University in the year 2000. Dr. Shankar has been working on problems related to large-scale physical oceanography of the North Indian Ocean. His work includes both data collection at sea, data analysis, and theoretical studies including mathematical modeling.
Prominent amongst the problems he has worked on are sea-level variability along the coast of India, wind-driven circulation in the North Indian Ocean basin, and interaction between the ocean and the Indian Summer Monsoon. The results of his research have been published in about 50 papers in national and international journals of repute which have been highly cited. Dr. Shankar received the CSIR Young Scientist Award in the year 2002 and Scopus Young Scientist Award in 2006.
Earlier this year the prestigious Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, elected him a Fellow. Since 2004 he has been serving as an associate editor of the Journal of Earth System Science which is published by the academy.
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