Prof. Rupamanjari Ghosh
: Streeshakti Science Samman, is an award to honour a woman scientist who has provided an original contribution to Science in India, with research of high quality, which is relevant and beneficial to society. Professor Rupamanjari Ghosh started her research career in the field of Quantum Optics with a Ph.D. under Prof. L. Mandel at the University of Rochester in 1987 - this work on two-photon interference effects has been very well-cited in research papers, and also in research-level to undergraduate-level books. Her work has got acknowledgment from the research community, even from outside the country. This year, she was invited to deliver a talk on her work in the prestigious annual conference on “Advances in Slow and Fast Light II” (Part of the SPIE Symposium on OPTO: Integrated Optoelectronic Devices), San Jose, CA, USA (January 2009), and to deliver a research seminar and the first “Summer Lecture” at the Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques (ICFO), Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain (July 2009). On the JNU campus and outside, she is well known for her stand and efforts to bring in gender-justice and environment-consciousness. Along with her stride for academic excellence, she worked for these causes as Chairperson of the Gender Sensitisation Committee against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) of JNU, as the Chairperson of the Committee to Review the Rules and Procedures of GSCASH, and also as the President of the JNU Teachers’ Association on popular demand.