Pankaj Joshi, PhD

Senior Professor

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

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  • 1979: PhD, Physics
    Bhavnagar University, Gujarat, India
  • 1975: MS, Physics
    Saurashtra University, Gujarat, India

Postdoctoral Training

  • 1981 - 1983: National Science Foundation Research Fellow
    University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1979 - 1981: Visiting Fellow
    Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay

Current Academic Post

  • 2009 - Present: Senior Professor
    Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India.

Recent Publications

  • Joshi PS., Gravitational Collapse and Spacetime Singularities. In: Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics. Cambridge University Press; 2012. (Paperback edition. Originally published 2008)
  • Joshi PS., Tikekar R., Dadhich N., et al, eds. A Tribute to P.C. Vaidya. Mathematics Today, Special issue, 2011;Vol. 26.
  • Joshi PS., Dadhich N., Roy P., eds. Raychaudhuri Equation at the Cross-roads. Pramana - Journal of Physics, A Special Volume in Honour of A. K. Raychaudhuri, 2007;Vol. 69:No. 1.
  • Joshi PS., ed. Singularities, Black Holes and Cosmic Censorship. Proceedings of the Raychaudhuri Session at the International Conference on Gravitation and Cosmology (ICGC95). IUCAA Publication, Pune; 1996.
  • Joshi PS, Global Aspects in Gravitation and Cosmology. The International Series of Monographs on Physics, Vol 87. Clarendon Press (OUP), Oxford; 1996.

A full publication list can be found on the High Energy Physics (HEP) INSPIRE website at

Dr. Pankaj S. Joshi works as a Senior Professor with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. He works in the fields of gravitation and cosmology and has published more than 150 research papers as well as monographs and books on the subject. He has held visiting faculty positions in several countries doing research and lecturing on these topics and has won several awards as well as competitive fellowships to scientific academies.

Professor Joshi has made fundamental contributions in black hole physics and gravitation theory.  His extensive analysis of general relativistic gravitational collapse has been widely recognized as providing significant insights into the final fate of massive collapsing stars in the universe, formation of space-time singularities and cosmic censorship. He has also contributed a large number of books and articles towards science outreach and has given a large number of public lectures.

Research Interests

  • Gravitation theory and cosmology
  • Quantum gravity
  • Gravitational collapse, cosmic censorship and black hole physics
  • Spacetime structure and the general theory of relativity
  • Relativistic astrophysics

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2013: Professor A. C. Banerjee Memorial Lecture Award and Medal, National Academy of Sciences, India
  • 2013: Sandipani Gaurav Award, Sandipani Sanskriti Pratishthan, Porbandar, Gujarat
  • 2012: The Vaidya-Raychaudhuri Lecture Endowment Award, Indian Association of General Relativity and Gravitation (IAGRG)
  • 2012: Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi
  • 2011: Umanga Foundation Award for Contribution to Research and Knowledge, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai
  • 2010 – 2012: President, IAGRG
  • 2006: Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences, India
  • 2006: Fellow, Gujarat Science Academy
  • 2001: Public Service and Best Citizen Award, Shishu Vihar, Gujarat
  • 1991: Gravity Research Foundation Award
  • 1985 – 1988, 1992: Awarded Honorable Mention, Gravity Research Foundation
  • 1981: Nuffield Foundation Fellowship

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