Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya is a physicist and works on dynamical aspects of disordered condensed matter systems. He is a Distinguished Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) of which he was the former Director. Professor Bhattacharya received his B.Sc. at the Presidency College, Kolkata, M.Sc. at the University of Delhi, and his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, all in Physics. He conducted post-doctoral research at the National Magnet Laboratory at MIT, University of Rhode Island. He was at the University of Chicago as a James Franck Distinguished Fellow before joining the Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory. He subsequently worked at the NEC Research Institute at Princeton where he was the Chair of the NEC Board of Fellows.
Professor Bhattacharya currently serves, among other organizations, on the Editorial Board of the Reports on Progress in Physics, the Technology Advisory Council of British Petroleum, the IIT-Council of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Council of IIT-Bombay and the Mentor Group of Presidency University, Kolkata. He is a frequent visitor to the New York University, the University of Chicago, the Cavendish Laboratory and the Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Apart from Physics, he is interested in higher education policy in India related specially to science and technology research.
Professor Bhattacharya will be a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at CASI from September 2012 through August 2013.