Professor Subir Sarkar was born and educated in India, where he obtained his PhD (1982) at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay.
Since 1990, Professor Sarkar has been at the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, Oxford, and served as Head of the Particle Theory Group (2011-19). He is now Professor Emeritus in Physics and Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford.
Professor Sarkar's research interests are at the interface of fundamental physics with astrophysics and cosmology (covering topics such as big bang nucleosynthesis, dark matter, dark energy, inflation and the cosmic microwave background, relic topological defects, weak interactions and neutrinos etc). He also works on high energy cosmic rays, gamma-rays and neutrinos, and belongs to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and the Cherenkov Telescope Array collaborations (previously he worked on the Pierre Auger Observatory for cosmic rays and the CERN BEBC Beam Dump neutrino experiment).
Professor Sarkar participates in laboratory experiments using high powered lasers to investigate astrophysical processes, and programmes on Quantum Sensors for Fundamental Physics as well as the Legacy Survey of Space and Time on the Vera Rubin Observatory.
He is keen to develop academic links with India and was a founder member of the India Oxford Initiative, as well as coordinator of the Oxford-India Network in Theoretical Physical Sciences and long-time Senior Member of the Oxford India Society.
- Black holes
- Dark matter
- Particle physics
- Public understanding of science
Professor Subir Sarkar has extensive media experience including working with news organisations such as BBC News and The Telegraph. During 1988-89, he also worked in science education and outreach for the NGO Eklavya in Bhopal.