Prof Subimal Ghosh, of the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay, has been awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2019 as a recognition of his significant contributions to the understanding of how land surface processes influence the Indian monsoon, as well as for improving regional monsoon simulations and predictions.
Parallelly, Prof R B Sunoj of the Department of Chemistry of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay also received the 2019 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for his outstanding contributions in providing molecular level insights on organic reaction mechanisms.
Prof Sunoj and his group work on understanding how molecular vibrations and electronic transitions happen during chemical reactions, and how catalysts and other external factors influence a chemical reaction. They use computational methods to predict the outcome of reactions in organic chemistry and explored why some chemical reactions generate more molecules of a certain handedness that the other.
The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, named after the founder Director of CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), is a prestigious award in Science and Technology in the country. As a recipient of this award in the Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Science category, Dr Ghosh will receive ₹5,00,000 as prize money, a citation and a plaque and a fellowship of ₹15,000 per month until the age of 65.