Education:

Ph.D. - Calcutta University, India (1970)

Post-doctoral Fellow - Smithsonian Institution (1977-78)

Research Interests:

Origin, evolution, heterochrony, and functional anatomy of Mesozoic vertebrates including basal archosaurs, pterosaurs, dinosaurs, and birds.

Evolution and biomechanics of vertebrate flights

KT mass extinction, Shiva Crater, and Deccan volcanism

Plate tectonics and paleobiogeography

Gondwana geology

Dinosaur exhibits

Honors and Awards:

National Merit Scholar, Government of India, 1962-64.

University Gold Medal for standing First in First class B.S. examination,1962.

University Gold Medal and P. N. Bose Memorial Medal for standing First in First class in M.S. examination, 1964.

NERC Fellow, University College, London, 1967-68.

Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow, 1977-78.

Henry-Marsh Award, National Academy of Sciences, 1979.

Antarctic Service Medal, Department of State, 1982.

Listed in American Men and Women of Science.

Listed in Who's Who in Frontier of Science and Technology.

Listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest.

Listed in Who's Who in Asian Americans.

Listed in Who's Who in the World.

Listed in Men of Achievement, International Biographical Center.

Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution, 1977-Present.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund, American Museum of Natural History, 1990.

Roberts O. Bass Fund, Field Museum of Natural History, 1990.

Proclamation by the Senate of the State of Texas in recognition of outstanding scientific contributions, 1991.

Headliner Award, sponsored by Women in Communications, 1992.

Best Teacher Award, La Ventana, Texas Tech University Student Publications, 1994.

Appointment as Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Geosciences and Museum Science, the highest honor granted to Texas Tech Faculty by the Board of Regents, 1994.

Elected Fellow, Geological Society of America

Nominated for Texas Academy of Science Distinguished Award, 1997.

Member, Texas Tech Teaching Academy, 1998.

Honorary Member, Golden Key National Honor Society, 1999.

Scientist of the Year, Achievement Rewards for the College Scientists, 2000.

Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001.

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