Prof. Shyam S. Rai

Shyam S. Rai
Professor and Chair, Earth and Climate Science


Shyam S. Rai


1973 B.Sc. (Hons. Physics), Banaras Hindu University
1977 M.Tech. Geophysics, University of Roorkee
1988 Ph.D. Geophysics, Indian School of Mines

Work Experience

1978-1981; Senior Scientific Asstt. , CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute
1981; UNDP Fellowship, University of Toronto
1981- 2004; Junior to Sr. Principal Scientist ,CSIR-NGRI
1886-1988; DAAD Fellowship, University of Kiel
1998 ; JSPS Sr. Visiting Fellow, University of Hirosaki
2004- ; Chief Scientist, CSIR-NGRI
2009-2010; Professor, IISER- Kolkata

Award and Honors

  • JC Bose National Fellowship

  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (Earth , Atmosphere & Ocean Science)

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Roorkee

  • CSIR Young Scientist Award

  • National Geoscience Award (Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India)

  • Senior Associate, the Abdus Salam ICTP, Trieste

  • Fellow, Indian National Science Academy

  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences

  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences of India

  • Research interests (Specialisation: Geophysics)
    Geophysical data modelling Inverse theory and its application Deep earth exploration and understanding the earth process

    Selected Publications ( for complete list see website)

    1. Borah, K., Rai, S. S., Prakasam, K. S., Sandeep Gupta, Priestley,K, 2014, Seismic Imaging of Crust beneath the Dharwar Craton, India: inference from Ambient Noise Tomography and Teleseismic Receiver Function modelling, Geophys. J. Int. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu075

    2. Borah , K., Rai, S. S., Gupta, S., Prakasam K. S., Sivaram,K., S. Kumar, 2014, Preserved and modified mid-Archean crustal blocks in Dharwar craton: Seismological Evidence , Precambrian Res., 246, 16-34

    3. Caldwell W. B., Klemperer S. L., Lawrence J. F, Rai, S. S, Ashish, 2013, Localized flexure of the Indian plate beneath the High Himalaya of Garhwal, India, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 67, 15-27

    4. Mandal, Nibir, Chakravarty Krishna Hara, Borah Kajaljyoti , Rai S.S.,2012, Is cation ordering transition of Mg-Fe olivine phase in mantle responsible for shallow mantle Seismic discontinuity beneath the Indian Craton ? J. Geophys. Res. 117, B12304; doi:10.1029/2012JB009225

    5. Oreshin, S., Kiselev, S., Vinnik, L., Prakasam, K.S., Rai, S. S., Makeyeva, L., Savvin, Y., 2011, Crust and mantle beneath western Himalaya, Ladakh and western Tibet from integrated seismic data, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 271, 75-87

    6. Julia, J., Jagadeesh, S., Rai, S. S., and Owens, T.J., 2009, Deep crustal structure of the Indian Shield from joint inversion of P- wave receiver functions and Rayleigh- wave group velocities: Implications for Precambrian evolution, J. Geophys. Res., 114, B10313 doi:10.1029/2008JB006261

    7. Jagadeesh, S. and Rai, S. S., 2008, Thickness, composition and evolution of the Indian Precambrian crust, Precambrian Research, 162, 4-15

    8. Rai, S.S., Priestley, K., Gaur, V.K., Mitra, S., Singh, M.P., and Searle, M.P., 2006, Configuration of the Indian Moho beneath the NW Himalaya and Ladakh, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33(5), L15308, doi:10.1029/GL 026076