An Autonomous Institute supported by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India
Prof. D. D. Sarma
FASc, FNASc, FNA, FTWAS
Fellow, American Physical Society
Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore – 560012, India
Prof. Sarma completed his five-year integrated masters course in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1977 and obtained his PhD from Indian Institute of Science, (IISc) Bengaluru in 1982 with Bharatratna Prof. C. N. R. Rao. After working as a research associate at IISc for one year (1982–83), he moved to Forschungszentrum Jülich, (Jülich Research Centre) Germany as a guest scientist in 1984. He joined IISc as a lecturer in 1986 and remains a professor and the Chairman of the Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit at the institution. He also served as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo (2001–02) and at the Istituto di Struttura della Materia, CNR at their Rome and Trieste centres in 2002.
He is a member of many professional bodies such as the Council of Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Tachnology, Indore, the Steering Committee for the Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF) programme of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and the Academic Advisory Committee of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research and is the coordinator of the group set up by the Government of India for India's collaboration with the International Centre for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science Applications in the Middle East (SESAME). He is in various committees of the DST and the CSIR and holds the chair of the Research Council of NCL, Pune and has held the chairs of the Proposal Review Committee of Elettra Synchrotron Centre, Trieste and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research of which he has also served as a member of the governing body and the governing council.
He is a former member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of CRANN and Trinity College Dublin, the Scientific Advisory Committees of the Inter University Consortium, Departamento de Asistencia Económica y Financiera, (DAEF) and the Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi, the Academic Program Advisory Committee of the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata and the councils of the Indian National Science Academy and the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore. He has also served the scientific council of the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR), the general council of the Asia Pacific Centre for Theoretical Physics, Pohang, Korea, and the working group of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) for the formulation of the 12th Five Year Plan, 2011 as a member.
Prof. Sarma received the Sir J. C. Ghosh Medal in 1981 and the Young Scientist Medal from the Indian National Science Academy in 1983. UNESCO awarded him the Biennial Javed Hussain Prize in 1989 and a year later, in 1990, he received the medal of excellence from the Materials Research Society of India. The Government of India awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1994 and he received the C. V. Raman Award in 2004. The year 2005 brought him three awards, the Hari Om Ashram Trust Award by the University Grants Commission, G. D. Birla Award and the Alumnus Award for Excellence in Research from the Indian Institute of Science. He received FICCI Award in 2006, TWAS Prize in Physics in 2007, the National Research Award in 2009 and H. K. Firodia Award in 2013. He was honored with the Knight of "The Order of the Star of Italy" in 2014, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University in 2015.
Sarma, an elected Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, delivered three INSA lectures in 2006, Dr. Jagdish Shankar Memorial Award Lecture, Professor R. P. Mitra Memorial Award Lecture and A. V. Rama Rao Foundation Lecture. Two years later, he delivered the INSA Kotcherlakota Rangadhama Rao Memorial Lecture in 2008. Some of the other lectures delivered by Prof. Sarma are CSIR Foundation Day Lecture, Distinguished Public Lecture, 8th Atma Ram Memorial Lecture and the Joy Kissen Memorial Lecture, CNR Rao Prize Lecture.
He is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, the National Academy of Sciences, India, and the Indian Academy of Sciences and holds the fellowship of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials (APAM). He is also a J. C. Bose National Fellow and Homi Bhabha Fellow.