Gorakhpur -273 009 INDIA
There is also this book which according to some has divided the world into those who have read it and those who are going to... Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
It all started in Kanpur (known as Manchester of India for some time) in 1967. My parents, Pratibha and
Gopi Shyam Rastogi were both in teaching profession now retired and living with us.
Mariampur Higher Secondry School educated me early on. In my days it used to be a coed school.
High School and Intermediate years, I spent in B.N.S.D. Inter College. It is one of the biggest schools I have known. At high school (10th) there were about 20 sections and in Intermediate (12th) there were 12 science sections. Every section with about 60-70 students!!!
College years were the most entertaining at Christ Church College for 2 years Bachelors Degree. Physics was my main interest.
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur took me for M.Sc. in Physics and in 1988 I managed to get out through it with a multitude of emotions and experiences of Hostel life etc.
After a brief stint with synthesis and characterization of Superconducting films at BHU, Varanasi I came down to Lucknow for Ph.D. in Polymer Spectroscopy.
Lucknow incidentally is our ancestral hometown. The Nawabi city has a glorious past and a 'Phele Aap' Tehjeeb! In 1993 I received my Ph.D. degree under Prof. V.D. Gupta with a lot of hindi filmi drama in the background as I also at the same time became Lecturer at Lucknow University.
At our Macromolecular Lab in Lucknow, we did a lot of work on phonon dispersion and vibrational analysis of Polymers and Polyamino acids.
In December, 1994 I received another degree or rather lost one (Baccalaureate) and got married to Pooja. Though she has no web site of her own she is the one who tells all how-to.
In 1998 I moved to Gorakhpur as a Reader in Physics at Gorakhpur University. Research on Interstellar molecules and Astrochemistry became my vocation. Gorakhpur brought me in touch with some very bright students and I found purpose in my teaching.
During Feb. 2001 to March 2002, I was in Germany as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow working at Astrophysics Institute and University Observatory, Jena.
At present I am a Professor in Physics at Gorakhpur University. I am also an Associate of Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA). Along with my students our learning has advanced to new areas in Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics.
Interesting episodes include Research Highlights News in Nature India
Life precursors in Space based on our work on PAHs and astronomical infrared emission bands
Nanodiamonds in Space based on our work on Anomalous extinction of starlight by interstellar nanodiamonds.
Also organizing the International Conference on Interstellar Dust Molecules and Chemistry as Co-Chair, Scientific Organizing Committee.