Dr. Vijay Prasad Dimri completed his post-graduation and PhD from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. He joined the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), where he was the Director from 2001-2010. He was the Director of GERMI, Gandhinagar, Gujarat and CSIR-Distinguished Scientist in CSIR-NGRI, HYderabad. He has been a post-doctoral Fellow in Norway (1986-88) and has held the Senior DAAD Fellowship (2001). He was also Adjunct Professor of the University of Hyderabad; IIT, Kharagpur; and Honorary Professor of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.
Academic and Research Achievements: During Dimri's tenure as Director, NGRI has emerged as a major international centre of research in geosciences, commercializing its first US Patent. Dr Dimri designed major scientific programmes in Ocean Studies, Energy Security, Water Security and Risk Assessment. His experience in acquiring, processing and interpreting marine geophysical data helped him to formulate two major national programmes at NGRI, namely, Gas +Hydrates and Legal Continental Shelf. He is pioneering a pilot project to enhance oil recovery from Indian oil wells in collaboration with Norwegian scientists. Dr Dimri has launched a very successful project in Nalgonda district of AP for assessment, management and exploration of groundwater in hardrock terrains for fluoride free water supply. He has about one hundred twenty five international and national publications and three filed patents. He has produced 9 Ph.D. students.
Dr Dimri authored/edited nine books. His latest book is Fractal Solutions for Understanding Complex Systems in Earth Sciences (Springer, 2016) and others are Deconvolution and Inverse Theory (Elsevier, 1992), Fractal models in exploration geophysics (Elevier, 2012), Application of Fractals in Earth Science (Balkema, USA, 2000) and Fractal Behaviour of the Earth System (Springer, Germany, 2005). His first book was declared as a 'Didactical Masterpiece' and reference book in the field of inversion. He is currently the Chairman of Governing Council, and earlier the Chairman of the Research Advisory Council of the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG), Mumbai and is Ex-President of Indian Geophysical Union and AP Academy of Sciences. He has holded the prestigious Chair position of the National Committee of International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics & International Geographic Union (IUGG-IGU). Dr. Dimri served INSA Council as its Member during 2004-06.
Awards and Honours: Dr Dimri has received PadmaShri award in 2010 from Govt. of India. He is the first Asian recipient of the prestigious Lorenz Award of American Geophysical Union. He has also received Axford Lecture Award in 2010 from Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, Singapore. He has received National Award from the Ministry of EarthSciences. He has also received National Mineral Award, DOD Award, Outstanding Scientist Award of FAPCCI, Professor GP Chatterjee Award of ISCA, etc. Dr Dimri has been conferred with the Fellowship of National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad , TWAS, Italy, and AP Akademi of Sciences.