Prof. Rohini Godbole
The subtlest mention of particle physics shakes the core of a physicist with either profound interest or agonizing fear. Prof. Rohini Godbole, a silver medallist from IIT Bombay, has made fundamental contributions to the theory of elementary particle physics. More than a hundred and fifty extensively cited papers in her field of research are a consequence of her diligence and academic excellence.
Rohini aced her B.Sc. from S.P. College, Pune, MSc from IIT Bombay, and Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Godbole then joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai as a visiting fellow after which she became a lecturer and reader at the Department of Physics, the University of Bombay from 1982 to 1995. She also later joined the Centre for Theoretical Studies, IISc Bangalore, as an Associate Professor in 1995 following which she became a Professor, and still is, since June 1998.
Godbole’s monumental research endeavours comprise extensive works on the structure of the proton, photon, and atomic nuclei. The second focal point of her research has been theoretical models for the production of new particles and devising search strategies for the same at high energy colliders. Her contributions to the stimulating field of Supersymmetry and Electroweak Physics have been portentous.
Apart from academics, Prof. Godbole is a highly coveted communicator of science, often delivering talks to young students, scholars, and scientists on everything physics. Being an avid supporter of women pursuing careers in science and technology, she edited the book Lilavati’s Daughters, a collection of biographical essays on women scientists from India. She has also written two other thought-provoking books “Theory And Phenomenology Of Sparticles” and the inspiring “The Girl's Guide to a Life in Science”.
Owing to her thoroughgoing conscientiousness and exemplary diligence, she is an elected fellow of all the three academies of Science of India and also the Science Academy of the Developing World (TWAS). To add to her overflowing professional repertoire, Prof. Godbole is also a part of the International Detector Advisory Group (IDAG) for the International Linear Collider(ILC) in the European Nuclear research lab, CERN. To add icing on the cake, she is also the Chair of the Panel for Women in Science initiative of the Indian Academy of Sciences.
Many prestigious accolades have decorated her academic endeavour. She has been honoured with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for her contributions in science and technology last year. She was also bestowed with the Satyendranath Bose Medal of Indian National Science Academy in 2009, and the Fellowships of the National Academy of Sciences, India (2007) and the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World, TWAS (2009).
This modest blog does not do justice in throwing light at the true depths of her success. Her awe-inspiring academic career serves as a timeless legacy, motivating millions of women to sculpt their dormant potential into achieving truly astronomical heights.
With this, we come to an end of the Women Week and fervently hope that we were able to bring to light, the remarkable and empowering achievements of the Women alumni of IIT Bombay, who very rightfully embark upon Calvin Coolidge’s thoughts which say that:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”