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Padma Kant Shukla, who is native of India, moved to Europe in January 1972 and became a German citizen in 1993. He has been working at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany since January 1973. At present, he holds RUB International Chair/Distinguished Professorship. He received his B.Sc. and M. Sc. degrees from Agra University, Agra (India) in 1967 and 1969, and his Ph. D. degrees in Physics and Theoretical Plasma Physics from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh, India) and Umea University, Umea (Sweden) in 1972 and 1975, respectively. He was also honored with the Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russia) and the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) in 2004 and 2008. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the Institute of Physics (London, UK), as well as Foreign Member of Physics Class of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), and Associate Fellow/Member of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS, Trieste, Italy). Padma Shukla is the recipient of the prestigious APS Dwight Nicholson Medal for Human Outreach through Physics (2005), and the winner of the Gay Lussac Humboldt Prize from the French Ministry of Education and Research (2006). He is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Plasma Physics and the Editorial Board Member of New Journal of Physics. Padma Kant Shukla is a world renowned theoretical plasma physicist, with wide ranging research interest in multidisciplinary sciences, including basic and applied plasma physics. He has published extensively on various aspects of theoretical and computational plasma physics. He has coauthored the textbook "Introduction to Dusty Plasma Physics" (IoP, Bristol, UK), and has edited/coedited 11 books and several (17) Special Issues of various journals.
As a Member-at-Large of the FIP, Padma Kant Shukla shall continue advancing the physics knowledge and its diffusion by fostering international scientific cooperation and communication among physicists of industrial and developing countries. He will achieve this goal by organizing very high profile international scientific meetings at different locations worldwide (e.g. International Plasma Colleges and Plasma Workshops at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy; International Topical Conference on Plasma Physics at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal; International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasma Physics in Garmisch-Paten, Germany). Furthermore, He will also be serving the International Advisory Committee of different International Physics Conferences and shall be encouraging the participation of young researchers as lecturers to those meetings, and shall create environments for recognizing their merit and excellence through international awards and prizes (e.g. IUPAP C.16 Commission Prize on Plasma Physics for a Young Researcher, IoP Best Poster Prize at the Abdus Salam ICTP, Trieste). Furthermore, in order to bring awareness of international science involving modern basic and applied plasma physics, as well as novel aspects of nonlinear sciences among scientists and general public, Shukla will be writing popular articles, review papers and books, in addition to delivering keynote speeches, plenary, tutorial and topical lectures to a large number of diverse audiences engaged in research and teaching of different aspects of physical sciences. Finally, by using his position as the Chairman of the IUPAP C.16 Commission on Plasma Physics, Shukla will also be facilitating the mobility of physicists across the globe for scientific cooperation and for participation in different international conferences without hindrance.