PROFESSOR NARAYAN R. GOKHALE
A native of Bombay, India, Dr. Gokhale earned his M.S. and Ph.D.
degrees in Physics from Bombay University. In 1959, he joined the
Department of Physics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada as a
Research Associate. Subsequently, he became an Assistant Professor of
Physics at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Gokhale
joined the faculty at the University at Albany in 1961, and a year
later was named the first Chairman of the newly formed Department of
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. During his tenure as Chairman, Dr.
Gokhale attracted outstanding research faculty to the Department and
developed a strong academic program that offered three degrees:
Bachelor of Science; Master of Science; and the Ph.D. These efforts
enabled the Department to become a premier center for the study of
Atmospheric Science in the United States.
Professor Gokhale was the first member of the science faculty at the
University at Albany to attract major research funding from the
National Science Foundation. He also was instrumental in organizing the
first international, scientific conference to be held at the University
at Albany. Held in 1969, the International Conference on Condensation
Nuclei was attended by research scientists having outstanding
reputations. Dr. Gokhale published more than thirty research papers in
professional journals dealing with cloud dynamics and hail formation.
He was the first to develop and present a comprehensive explanation of
processes involved in the formation and development of hailstorms. This
theory was enumerated in his book entitled "Hailstorms and Hailstone
Growth" that was published in 1975 by the State University of New York
Press. The publication of this book was one of his major contributions
to the field of Atmospheric Science. During his career, Dr. Gokhale was
the research advisor and mentor to several doctoral students who have
since pursued, and excelled in, scientific careers.
In addition to his extensive teaching and research endeavors, Dr.
Gokhale served as a consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration in planning experiments in cloud physics. He was a
member of many professional organizations, including the American
Meteorological Society and the Royal Meteorological Society of Britain.
Dr. Gokhale died in 1979, after a long illness. The Gokhale family (his
wife Sunanda, daughter Nita, and son Milind) established an endowment
trust with the University at Albany Foundation in his honor to preserve
his legacy, contributions, and memory through the recognition of
excellence in scholarship displayed by graduate students in Atmospheric
Science. The Narayan R. Gokhale Distinguished
Award was established in 1980 to recognize and to reward promising
students pursuing a graduate education in Atmospheric Science. Students
who receive this Award have been recommended by a faculty committee in
the department for their demonstrated excellence, achievement, and
originality in research.
Gokhale, N.R., 1975. Hailstorms and Hailstone Growth. State University
of New York Press, Albany, 465 pp.