Indian National Science Academy welcomes Rashid Sunyaev as a new member

October 26, 2020

The Indian National Science Academy (INSA) has announced the election of 39 new Academy members and five foreign fellows. One of the newly elected foreign fellows of INSA is Rashid Sunyaev, director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics.

INSA's announcement of the election results states: "Professor Sunyaev has done pioneering work in the fields of theoretical astrophysics, X-ray astronomy, and cosmology. He, along with Zeldovich, developed the theory of primordial perturbations propagating soon after the Big Bang. Later with Shakura, he developed a model for the accretion of matter onto a black hole. The Shakura-Sunyaev model proved to be very influential and is now widely regarded to be the key theoretical cornerstone for black hole studies."

Rashid Sunyaev is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences of Germany "Leopoldina", a foreign member of the USA National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society (London), the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Netherlands and a number of others Academies. In 2014, the Chinese Academy of Sciences elected R.A. Sunyaev as its Einstein professor.

The National Science Academy of India is the state academy of sciences in India, a country with a rapidly and successfully developing science. India is the second-most populous country in the world and the sixth-largest world economy.

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