Speaker's Profile

V K Gaur

Vinod K Gaur studied geophysics at Banaras University and Imperial College, where he discovered the ‘host rock effect’ in geo-electromagnetics, which earned him a Ph.D from the University of London. He has been Director of the National Geophysical Research Institute, served as Secretary to the Government of India, and is now Distinguished Professor at the CSIR Centre of Mathematical Modeling, Bangalore, in an honorary capacity.

He is currently working on the characterization and modelling of critical watersheds in important river basins, and providing quantitative guides for making water management-related decisions, such as the quantum of necessary environmental flows.

Mr Gaur is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences, and the Third World Academy of Sciences. The many honors he received include the Bhatnagar Prize (1980), the Flinn Award of the American Geophysical Union (2000), and the Saha Birth Centenary Award of the Indian Science Congress (2006).