Physical Research Laboratory honoured eight distinguished scientists at a function held here on Tuesday. Dr A P Mitra, former director-general of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, gave away the Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Vikram Sarabhai Research Awards and the PRL Award. Six eminent scientists received the Hari Om awards and two received the PRL Award. Those honoured with the Vikram Sarabhai Research Awards for 2001 are Prof Subhasis Chaudhuri of the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, in recognition of his original contributions on digital image processing including medical imaging, super resolution imaging and recovery of depth from defocus.
Dr Bhabatosh Chanda of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, in recognition of his original contributions on image processing which is of importance to satellite and medical imaging as well as for industrial processing and documentation.
Dr B S Gohil of the Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad in recognition of his original work on development of algorithms for retrieving atmospheric and oceanic parameters from satellite observations.
Dr Anil K Pandey of the State Observatory, Nainital, in recognition of his extensive studies of star clusters in relation to the structure of the galaxy and star formation processes within these clusters.
Dr Avinash A Deshpande of the Raman Research Institute, in recognition of his significant contributions towards understanding various aspects of pulsars including the first-ever mappings of pulsar radio emission sites.
Mukund K Rao of the Indian Space Research Organisation, Bangalore, in recognition of his original work on design, development and promotion of spatial data bases for remote sensing applications.
Scientists who received PRL awards for 2001 are Dr G S Bhat of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in recognition of his novel and innovative laboratory experiments on cloud-like flows and pioneering observations to understand atmosphere-ocean coupling over the Bay of Bengal.
Dr A Jayaraman of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, in recognition of his significant and sustained contributions to aerosol research, in particular for assessing radioactive forcing efficiency and its influence on atmospheric dynamics and water cycle.
The Hari Om Awards were instituted on August 12, 1974 in honour of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, founder of Physical Research Laboratory by the Hari Om Ashram, Nadiad.
The PRL Award has been instituted in 1997 from the Aruna Lal Endowment Fund established by Prof D Lal, honorary fellow and former director of PRL. All the awards consist of a medal and a cash prize of Rs 25,000.