Ravindra B. Lal
Dr. Ravindra B. Lal was the second eminent scholar at Alabama A&M University (1999-2007). Dr. Lal received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in physics from the University if Agra (India). Dr. Lal’s career in USA stared as a NRC/NAS research associate at NASA/MSFC, a prestigious selection of outstanding researcher from all over the world. Dr. Lal joined Alabama A&M University in 1975 in the department of mathematics and physics. Dr. Lal has been one of the pioneers in performing crystal growth experiments in microgravity, aboard Spacelab-3 and the first International Microgravity Laboratory (IML-1) in the mid 80’s and early 90’s. He has secured millions of dollars of research funding from various federal agencies. Dr. Lal is the recipient of several major honors including NASA’s Public Service Achievement Award and two NASA awards for technology invention. Dr. Lal was selected as Fellow of SPIE and NASA Administrator’s Fellow. He authored or co-authored more than 100 journals of international repute. His work was appreciated by the scientific community and published in the highly prestigious journal “Nature”. Dr Lal also initiated “Annual Nobel Laureate Lecture Series” in 1997 in memory of a Physics professor Dr Putcha Venkateswarlu. Dr. Lal is continuing his services to the physics department as Professor Emeritus.