PhD., 1968, Pennsylvania State University, State College,
Office: MN 336
Professor Achar received his early education in India. He earned his MS and PhD degrees
from the Pennsylvania State University. After his Post-Doctoral work at the Argonne
National Laboratory, he taught at the Bucknell University, Pa before joining the Physics
Department faculty in 1984. He has been nominated for Distinguished Teaching award
and has been awarded Faculty Development Assignment Award, Summer Faculty Fellowship
Award at NASA Glenn Research Center, TAF-SIST and TAF-IEL awards, and Professor Emeritus
His research interests span nonlinear elastic, dielectric properties of solids, ferro-electricity,
electrostriction, superconductivity including High temperature superconductivity and
helicon-wave propagation. His recent interests are in the application of fractional
calculus to Physics. Another area of research is in Archaeoastronomy, with particular
interest in Ancient Inadian astronomy, where he has received international recognition.
He has published 110 refereed journal articles, 5 chapters in monographs and books
including five submissions to Biography of Astronomers. He has made hundreds of presentations
in National and International Conferences.
He is a Life Member of the American Physical Society and is a member of several Professional
Associations. His professional service includes reviewing for several journals and
textbooks for publishers.