PARTICIPANT / Vikram Soni

  • Name Vikram Soni
  • Country India
  • Vocation Other
  • Education Not Available
 

Vikram Soni is presently Emeritus Professor at Jamia Millia and JNU. He was born and grew up in Naini Tal, a hill resort in the Kumaon Himalayas, where he went to school at St. Joseph’s College. His father was a forest officer and the family spent the winter holidays camping in the Terai forest that straddles the Himalayan foothills and has fantastic wildlife. In 1960 he moved school to La Martiniere, Lucknow. In 1966 he went to the University of Delhi to study Physics.

In 1971 he started a PhD in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, finishing his doctoral degree in 1976. Since then he has taught and done research at Sussex University, UK from 1976 to 1978, after which he went to the University of Madras till 1983. In 1983 he went to the Institut de Recherche Fondamental at Saclay in Paris, followed by two years at the University of Regensburg in Germany and smaller stints at UC Berkeley. He then worked at the Institut du Physique Nuclaire at the University of Paris in Orsay, before returning to India as Professor at the National Physical Laboratory in 1989. In 2009 he moved aa UGC Professor to the Centre for Theoretical Physics at Jamia Millia. Since 2015 he has been Emeritus Professor at Jamia Millia and JNU. He has worked mainly in High Energy Physics and Astrophysics. Alongside, seeing the tragic shrinking of India’s rich jungle wilderness, he has always worked quietly for conservation.

In Physics, he has made seminal contributions in our understanding of phenomena ranging from topological structures in physics to the nucleon and neutron stars and from the matter-antimatter puzzle to evolutionary networks. He has received many awards and been a distinguished speaker at many Institutes and Universities world wide.

Significantly, he has produced a body of work in Science in the Public Interest that deals with non invasive, ‘Preserve and Use’, solutions to contemporary problems, particularly the water problems. This work is published in prestigious science journals. He has recently published a book, ‘NATURALLY – TREAD SOFTLY ON THE PLANET’ – Harper Collins 2015, which has been highly acclaimed. He has already given original courses based on the book at Jamia Millia, JNU and the National Law University in Kolkata.