Indian-American physicist Chopra honoured as Professor Emeritus

November 13th, 2008 - 2:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, Nov 13 (IANS) Indian-American physicist Dev Chopra has been honoured as Professor Emeritus by the Texas A&M University, which has also recognised him as the most successful science professor in first 100 years of the university’s history.Chopra, who graduated from the Panjab University, was bestowed with Professor Emeritus status by the university president Dan Jones at a function recently, an official statement said.

“It is a great delight and a great honour, on behalf of the students, faculty, and the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, to bestow upon you the honour of Professor Emeritus,” Jones said.

Chopra, who worked as physics professor and department head at A&M-Commerce for 33 years, said: “I always told my students I wanted to give them their money’s worth.”

He was named Regents Professor of Physics in 1995 - thus becoming the university’s first recipient of the award.

He published over 70 refereed articles and contributed to several books, graduated a large number of masters students, and received $1.5 million in research grants from external sources.

“Dr. Chopra was the most successful science professor in the first 100 years of the university,” said Ben Doughty, a professor of physics at A&M-Commerce and former department head.

Chopra had his masters in physics from the University of Nebraska, and PhD in the same subject from New Mexico State University.

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