P.C. Agrawal
Formerly Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
P.C. Agrawal - cbs.ac.in


  • B.Sc. from Vikram University, Ujjain (M.P.) in 1961.
  • Trainee at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Graduate Training School, Mumbai during 1961-62.
  • Ph.D. (Bombay University, 1972). Thesis: "Study of Cosmic X-rays sources using Balloon-Borne Detectors"


  • 2013 – Present : Visiting Professor and National Academy of Sciences (NASI), Senior Scientist at MU-DAE Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CBS)
  • 2009 – 2011 Prof. Satish Dhawan Professor of ISRO at TIFR
  • 2006 - 2009 ISRO-Chair Professor at TIFR
  • 1998 -2006 Senior Professor (I-grade)
  • 1994 -1998 Senior Professor at TIFR.
  • 1991 -1993 Full Professor at TIFR.
  • 1983 -1990 Associate Professor TIFR.
  • 1976 -1983 Reader at TIFR.
  • 1970 -1976 Fellow at TIFR.
  • 1962 -1970 Research Associate at TIFR.


  • Experimental High Energy Astrophysics, X-ray astronomy studies with balloons, rockets and satellites, design and development of radiation detectors and associated instrumentation for X-ray astronomy studies, timing and spectral studies of accreting X-ray binaries.

Selected Publications:

  • Rapid Variations in the High Energy X-ray Flux from Cyg X-1, P.C. Agrawal, G.S. Gokhale, V.S. Iyengar, P.K. Kunte, R.K. Manchanda and B.V. Sreekantan Nature 232, 438, 1971.
  • Observation of a Hard X-ray Flare in Cyg X-1, P.C.Agrawal, G.S. Gokhale, V.S. Iyengar, P.K. Kunte, R.K. Manchanda and B.V. Sreekantan, Nature Physical Science 238, 22, 1972.
  • Centaurus X-3 : New Low and Medium Energy X-ray Observations, K. Long, P.C. Agrawal, and G.P. Garmire, Astrophysical Journal (Lett). 197, L57, 1975.
  • The Cosmic X-ray Experiment aboard HEAO-1, R. Rothschild, E. Boldt, S. Holt, P. Serlimitsos, G. Garmire, P. Agrawal, G. R. Riegler, S. Bowyer and M. Lampton, Space Science Instrumentation, 4, 269, 1979.
  • An Intense Soft High Latitude X-ray Source H 2156-304 : A New BL Lacertae Object? P.C. Agrawal and G.R. Riegler, Astrophysical Journal (Lett.) 231, L25, 1979.
  • X-ray Observations of the Supernova Remnant MSH 11-54, P.C. Agrawal and G.R. Riegler, Astrophysics Journal (Lett) 237, L33, 1980.
  • The Spatial Distribution and Spectral Characteristics of the Diffuse Soft Xray Background, K.P. Singh, P.C. Agrawal, R.K. Manchanda, S. Naranan and B.V. Sreekantan, Astron. and Astrophys., 117, 319, 1983.
  • A new AM Her-like X-ray Source, P.C. Agrawal, G.R. Riegler and A.R. Rao, Nature, 301, 318,1983.
  • X-ray spectrum from Gamma Gassiopeiae T. Murakami, K. Koyama, H. Inoue and P.C. Agrawal, Astrophysical Journal (Lett.) 310, L31,1986.
  • Study of Quiescent State X-ray Emission from Flare Stars, P.C. Agrawal, A.R. Rao and B.V. Sreekantan, Monthly Notices Royal Astron. Soc., 219, 225, 1986.
  • Binary Phase Correlated X-ray Intensity Variations and Flaring Activity in the RS CVn Binary HR 1099, P.C. Agrawal and J. Vaidya, Mon. Not.Royal. Astron. Soc., 235, 239, 1988.
  • Xenon-Based Penning mixtures for Proportional Counters, B.D. Ramsey and P.C. Agrawal, Nucl. Inst. and Meth., A278, 576,1989.
  • Study of Agron-Based Penning Gas Mixtures for Use in Proportional Counters, P.C. Agrawal, B.D. Ramsey and M. Weisskopff, Nucl. Inst.and Meth., A277, 557, 1989.
  • Hard X-ray Observations of Cyg X-3, A.R. Rao, P.C. Agrawal and R.K. Manchanda, Astron. and Astrophys., 241, 127,1991. 
  • Spin-up of the White Dwarf in the Intermediate Polar 3A0729+103 J. Singh, P.C. Agrawal, K.M.V. Apparao, P. Vivekananda Rao and M.B.K.Sarma, The Astrophysical Journal, 380, 208, 1991.
  • Hard X-ray Spectrum of 4U1907+09, V. Chitnis, A.R. Rao, P.C. Agrawal and R.K. Manchanda, Astron. and Astrophys., 268, 609, 1993.
  • Detection of very low hard x-ray pulse fraction in the bright state of GX1+4, A.R.Rao., B. Paul, V. Chitnis, P.C.Agrawal and R. K. Manchanda, Astron. and Astrophys. (Lett), 289, L43, 1994.
  • X-ray Astronomy Experiment on the Indian Satellite IRS-P3, P.C. Agrawal, B. Paul, A. R. Rao, M. R. Shah, K. Mukerjee, M. N. Vahia, J. S. Yadav, D. K. Dedhia, J. P. Malkar, P. B. Shah, S.V. Damle, T. M. K. Marar, S. Seetha, V. R. Chitnis, N. Upadhyaya, R.K. Sharma, N. S. Murthy, C. N. Umapathy, L. Abraham and K. Kasturirangan, Publ. Korean stron. Soc., 29, S429, 1996.
  • Rapid X-ray Variability of the Superluminal Source GRS1915+105, B.Paul, P.C.Agrawal,A.R.Rao, M.N.Vahia, J.S.Yadav, T.M.K.Marar, S.Seetha and K.Kasturirangan, Astron. and Astrophys. (Letters),320, L37,1997.
  • Broad Band X-ray Spectrum of Cygnus X-1, V.R.Chitnis, A.R.Rao and P.C.Agrawal, Astron. and Astrophys.,331, 251,1998.
  • Quasi-regular X-ray Bursts From GRS1915+105 Observed With the IXAE : Possible Evidence for Matter Disappearing into the Event Horizon the Black Hole, B.Paul, P.C.Agrawal, A.R.Rao, M.N.Vahia, J.S.Yadav, S.Seetha and K.Kasturirangan, Astrophys. J. (Letters) 492, L63, 1998.
  • Different Types of X-ray Bursts from GRS 1915+105 and their Origin, J. S.Yadav, A. R. Rao, P. C. Agrawal, B.Paul, S. Seetha and K. Kasturirangan, The Astrophysical Journal, 517, 935,1999.
  • A Study of the X-ray Emission of Magnetic Cataclysmic Variable AE Aquarii, C. S. Choi, T. Dotani and P. C. Agrawal, The Astrophysical Journal, 525, 399, 1999.
  • Detection of a Series of X-ray Dips Associated with a Radio Flare in GRS 1915+105, S. Naik, P. C. Agrawal, A. R. Rao, B. Paul, S. Seetha and K. Kasturirangan, Astrophysical Journal, 546, 1075, 2001.
  • Pulse Characteristics of the X-ray Pulsar 4U 1907+09, K. Mukerjee, P. C. Agrawal, B. Paul, A. R. Rao, J. S. Yadav, S. Seetha and K. Kasturirangan, Astrophysical Journal, 548,368,2001.
  • New Measurements of Orbital Change in Cygnus X-3, N.S.Singh, S.Naik, B.Paul, P.C.Agrawal, A.R.Rao and K.Y.Singh , Astronomy & Astrophysics, 392,161,2002.
  • A Broad Spectral Band Indian Astronomy Satellite Astrosat, P. C. Agrawal, Advances in Space Research, 38, 2989, 2006.      
  • Studies of Quasi-periodic Oscillations in the Black Hole Transient XTE J 1817-330 , Roy, Jayashree , Agrawal,P. C. , Paul, B. , Duorah, K. , MNRAS, 412, 1011, 2011.


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