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Prof. C. S. Shukre

Prof. Chandrakant S. Shukre (15 June 1947) was Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the Raman Research Institute, Bangalore. He retired from RRI and proceeded to take up the position of Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore.

Early Years and Education

Prof. Shukre was born to his parents Srikrishna Shukre and Smt. Vimala Shukre at Nagpur, Maharastra.  Prof. Shukre obtained BSc from Nagpur University, Nagpur in Mathematics in 1964. He obtained MSc in 1966 in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.  Further he moved to USA and acquired PhD from University of Pittsburgh in 1972.


Prof. Shukre started his career as Research Associate at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Berne University, Berne, Switzerland in 1972. He joined Raman Research Institute as Research Fellow in 1974. He became Scientist in 1976 at Raman Research Institute. He was Senior Research Scientist at the CSIRO division of Radiophysics, Sydney during 1981-84. He retired as Professor from Raman Research Institute in 2007.

Scientific Work

Prof. Shukre worked in theoretical astrophysics with problems connected with pulsars. He has done observational work with molecular line radiation from astrophysical sources, especially the SiO maser emission from late type stars. His work concerning the origin of pulsar velocities demonstrated that the ‘rocket’ mechanism induced by an off-centred stellar magnetic dipole cannot provide the explanation for acceleration of pulsars at birth. The studies relating to neutron star magnetic fields led to the first proposal of the idea that very strong fields may inhibit rather than enhance the pulsar radio emission.


Prof. Shukre has hobby of reading books and interested in studying life.


Born 15th June 1947
Nagpur, Maharastra

Field: Astronomy and Astrophysics

Berne University, Berne, Switzerland
CSIRO, Sydney
Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore

Alma mater Nagpur University, Nagpur

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