Dr. A. K. Mohanty

Dr. A.K. Mohanty, a well-known nuclear physicist, completed his Bachelor’s degree in 1979 from MPC College, Baripada and Master’s degree in Physics in 1981 from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack which was at that time under Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. Dr. Mohanty graduated from the 26thbatch of the BARC Training School and joined Nuclear Physics Division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1983 and got his PhD degree from Bombay University later on. He has taken over as Director, BARC on 12th March 2019. Before his appointment as Director BARC, Dr. Mohanty has held the position of Director of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata from June 2015.

During the past 36 years, Dr. Mohanty has worked in several areas of nuclear physics covering collision energy from sub-Coulomb barrier to relativistic regime. It includes experiment using Pelletron accelerator at TIFR, PHENIX and CMS experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), USA and CERN, Geneva respectively. Dr. Mohanty has held several honorary positions. To name a few, he served as Secretary and Member Secretary of BRNS Basic Science Committee from 2004-2010, General Secretary of India Physics Association (IPA) 2012-2016 and later on President of IPA since 2018, India-CMS Spokesperson 2013-2015 and Dean, Academic, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, BARC, HomiBhabha National Institute.


Dr. Mohanty has been recipient of several awards and recognitions during his illustrious career. Some of Dr. Mohanty’s awards and recognitions are: Gold medal in Graduation, 1979, Young Scientist Award of Indian Physical Society (IPS, Kolkata, 1988), Young Physicist Award by Indian National Science Academy (INSA, New Delhi1991) and DAE HomiBhabha Science & Technology Award (2001) by Department of Atomic Energy, Mumbai. He was also conferred the CERN Scientific Associate position at CERN, Geneva from 2002-2004 and thereafter again from 2010-2011.

Dr. Mohanty has been director on the Board of NPCIL w.e.f. 1st April 2019.