Asoke Nath Mitra (born 1929) is an Indian physicist. For his work in theoretical nuclear and particle physics, he was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1969.[1] He is currently professor emeritus at Delhi University.

Early life

Asoke Nath Mitra was born on 15 April 1929, in Rajshahi, now in Bangladesh, to Jatindra Nath and Rama Rani Mitra. His father, Jatindra Nath Mitra, taught mathematics in Ramjas College, Delhi University. Mitra too went to Ramjas College to study mathematics, obtaining his bachelor's degree in 1947 and M.A. in 1949. He started his work in physics in 1949, as a Ph.D. student working with R. C. Majumdar [2]


After his Ph.D., Mitra went to Cornell University, where he completed a second Ph.D., working with Freeman J. Dyson and Hans Bethe. Mitra returned to India in 1955, and was appointed Reader at Aligarh Muslim University. He moved to Delhi University as professor in 1963, where he remained until his superannuation in 1994. During 1989-94 he held a special chair, as INSA-Albert Einstein Research Professor. Mitra was head of the Department of Physics and Astrophysics during 1973-74, but stepped down without completing his three-year term.[2] He held visiting appointments at Indiana University (1962–63) and at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1986–87).

Books authored/edited by Asoke Nath Mitra

  • Pion-nucleon scattering at high energies, Cornell University, 1955
  • Few Body Dynamics, edited by Asoke N. Mitra, Ivo Slaus, V. S. Bhasin and V. K. Gupta, North-Holland, 1976
  • Niels Bohr: A Profile, edited by A. N. Mitra, L. S. Kothari, V. Singh and S. K. Trehan, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, 1985
  • Quantum Field Theory: A Twentieth Century Profile, American Mathematical Society, 2001. ISBN 81-85931-25-9
  • India in the World of Physics: Then and Now, edited by Asoke N. Mitra, Pearson Education India, 2009. ISBN 81-317-1579-5.

Awards and honours

  • SS Bhatnagar Prize (1969)
  • UGC National Lecturer (1973)
  • UGC National Fellow (1975–78)
  • Meghnad Saha Award (1975)
  • SN Bose Medal of INSA (1986)
  • Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi[3]
  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore
  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad
  • Fellow, The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS), Trieste[4]


  1. ^ "Awardee details: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize". Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Panchapakesan, N (10 January 2014). "LIVING LEGENDS IN INDIAN SCIENCE: Asoke Nath Mitra" (PDF). Current Science. 106 (1): 106–109. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "INSA: Indian Fellow". Indian National Science Academy. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mitra Asoke NathTWAS". Retrieved 11 March 2014.