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Careers in Physics

Did you know?
That without physics there would be no cell phones, digital cameras, solar panels, fibre optics, flat screen television, RFI scanners….or eye glasses? That physics is the basis of many other sciences including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, astronomy and biology?

Nanobots (tiny robots) to target individual cancer cells or using infrared light to monitor blood (to facilitate withdrawal of blood samples from children, or to estimate blood glucose levels), are new techniques being developed using inputs from physics.

Astrophysics is a more established physicsbased career. Research jobs are available for astrophysicists in organisations like Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital; Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore; Space Science Centre, ISRO, Thiruvananthapuram; and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.

To sum up, pure science will always have a future, especially physics, as it is the most fundamental and far reaching of all sciences. To quote Mr. Revanoor, “The world is becoming increasingly technology driven and to sustain this growth one has to fall back on pure sciences for new avenues to explore.”



  • ‘Physics Can Be Fun’, by Yakov Perelman – problems and simple experiments in physics
  • ‘The First Three Minutes’ by Steven Weinberg – a modern view of the origin of the universe
  • ‘A Brief History of Time’ by Stephen Hawking -a range of topics in cosmology
  • ‘Flying Circus of Physics’ by Jearl Walker – events and effects in everyday world
  • ‘No ordinary genius: The Illustrated Richard Feynman’ by Christopher Sykes – on Richard Feynman’s contribution to Physics
  • ‘The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman’ – is a collection of short works from American physicist Richard Feynman, including interviews, speeches, lectures, and printed articles
  • ‘The Elegant Universe’ by Brian Greene – brief on string theory Top colleges, universities and physicists associations offer free webinars or registration for a nominal fee and students can get access to the latest information available globally.


    • www.physics.org
    • www.aps.org
    • http://online.stanford.edu/courses
    • http://oyc.yale.edu/physics
    • http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-21-the-physics-ofenergy-fall-2009/lecture-notes/
    • https://www.coursera.org/courses?orderby=upcoming&search=physics
    • http://www.aps.org/careers/guidance/webinars/archive.cfm
    • http://physicsworld.com/cws/channel/multimedia/


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      Dr. Balachandran Sathiapalan completed his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi, and earned a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from California Institute of Technology. His post-doctoral research was at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he is Professor of Physics at the Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Chennai and is carrying out research on string theory.



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