Professor Siraj Hasan is former Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore. Hasan is well known in India and abroad for his distinguished academic and research work in astrophysics.
Hasan began his education at Mayo College, Ajmer. After completing his schooling in 1966, he won a National Science Talent scholarship. Hasan carried out his undergraduate studies at Aligarh Muslim University where he earned a B.Sc (Hons) in Physics. After obtaining his M.Sc in Physics in 1972 from Delhi University, Hasan went on to New College at the University of Oxford, U.K. for a doctorate in astrophysics, which he received in 1977. The acclaimed theoretical physicist D. ter Haar guided his research work at Oxford.
In 1977, Hasan joined the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore first as a Visiting Fellow and as a permanent staff member the following year. In 2002 he became a Senior Professor and in 2006 took over as Director of the Institute. As a member of the Institute, he headed the Board of Graduate Studies and chaired the Solar Physics Group for several years.
Hasan has held visiting faculty positions in many premier international institutions such as the Universities of Harvard, Oxford and London. He has been a recipient of prestigious International Fellowships including the Commonwealth, Alexander von Humbolt and Smithsonian Fellowships. He is an Associate of the Harvard College Observatory at Harvard, and a distinguished adjunct professor at the Center for Astroparticle Physics, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kolkata. Hasan has participated in several national and international research programmes with Centre for Astrophysics at Harvard, Kiepenheuer Institute at Freiburg and the Paris Observatory at Meudon as a collaborator and principal investigator.
With over 100 research publications to his credit, Hasan's work is widely cited and has made a significant impact in solar astrophysics. He specializes in the study of dynamics and energy transport in the solar atmosphere with a view to delineating the processes responsible for heating its outer layers. He has guided several graduate students for their Ph.D work as well as supervised a number of post-docs.
Hasan is a member of many professional bodies and societies such as the Astronomical Society of India, the International Astronomical Union, the American Geophysical Union and the Americal Astronomical Society. He is currently President of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of Bangalore and President of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Bangalore. He is Chairman of the Governing Council of the Visheshwara Technological Museum, Bangalore and is on the board of many Institutions such as the Inter-university Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (Pune), Bose Institute (Kolkata) and ARIES (Nainital). He is on the editorial board of several prestigious journals such as Solar Physics.
As Director, Professor Hasan has initiated several major programmes. Noteworthy among them is a state-of-the-art National Large Solar Telescope. He has also actively taken up measures to significantly increase the intake students in the astronomical sciences through the start of Integrated Ph.D. programmes in Physical Sciences and Astronomy Instrumentation.Contacts: