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P. K. Mahesh.
Graduate Mechanical Engineer.
In-charge of Mechanical Design Section
and Mechanical Workshop,
Vainu Bappu Observatory, Kavalur.
Office at Indian Institute of Astrophysics,
Koramangala, Bangalore 560 034.


Bachelor of Technology ( B. Tech.) in
Mechanical Engineering
from the University of Calicut.

Career and interests : After graduating in Mechanical Engineering from the Government Engineering College, Trichur, Kerala, I worked for two years at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with the then Chairman of the Department, Dr.S.Durvasula, in a project sponsored by the Defence Research and Development Laboratory. I joined the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in November 1988 and since then have been working on intsrumentation for Astronomy and Physics.

I am an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers' (India), Mechanical Engineering Division.

Even though by training I am a Mechanical Engineer, my interest is in Science, particularly BioAstronomy and the Origin of Life, and I never miss an oppurtunity to get involved in Scientific activities.

My other interests include reading, mostly fiction, my favourite author being Alistair MacLean. I am also interested in watching movies like old English classics including the ones of Hitchcock and Science fiction movies, principally the Star Trek series. I am also interested in some traditional art forms of Kerala and their picturisation in movies.


  1. At the Indian Institute of Science.
    Nine reports in connection with the project.
  2. At the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.
    1. Mahesh,P.K. : Feasibilty study of a polar disc mount, Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India, 1996, 24, 67-72.
    2. Mahesh, P.K., et al. : Vibration tests on Optical Astronomical telescopes. Technical Report No.IIA/MDS/TR01/98 dated May 1998.
    3. Pati A.K., Mahesh P.K. , Nagabhushana S. and Subramanian V.K. : The Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope: Mechanical Design, Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India, 2003, 31, 479-482.
    4. Mahesh P.K. : Selection of material for the structure housing an Optical Astronomical Telescope. Technical report No.001-2004. April 2004.