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Dorje Angchuk

Posted on : 13 Sep 2021

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Dorje Angchuk: Dorje Angchuk recently became an honorary member among 11 new honorary members inducted to the International Astronomical Union (IAU).


  • He is an Engineer in charge at the Indian Astronomical Observatory of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) at Hanle in the Ladakh region,

  • Angchuk is the first and only Indian to bag the position in the prestigious body.

  • He has been selected for ‘his passionate promotion of astronomy in the Ladakh region, through his excellent astrophotography’.

  • He will be joining ten other Honorary Members from around the world, selected by IAU to join a select list of 20 international experts.

About the honorary member of the IAU:

  • The IAU membership category was introduced at the 30th General Assembly, held in August 2018 in Vienna.

  • Its Honorary Members gives official recognition to individuals who have significantly contributed to the progress of astronomical research and culture in their country, but who do not qualify as Individual Members.

About IIA:

  • The Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) is an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India (GoI).

  • It was established in 1971.

  • IIA conducts research primarily in the areas of astronomy, astrophysics and related fields.

  • It is headquartered in Bengaluru.

About IAU:

  • The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is a nongovernmental organisation with the objective of advancing astronomy in all aspects, including promoting astronomical research, outreach, education, and development through global cooperation.

  • It was founded in 1919.

  • It is headquartered in Paris, France.

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