12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Dr. Meera

A reflection of Dr. Meera Chandrasekhar, a Physics professor at MU, working on a PowerPoint presentation on Spectroscopy for her class, is seen on her computer monitor at her office. She is the recipient of the Baylor University’s 2014 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching and will be teaching on campus at Baylor University in the Fall of 2015. Ms. Chandrasekhar came to the United States to pursue her doctoral studies at the Brown University in 1970 and received her Ph.D. in 1976. She also went to the Max Planck Institute for her post-doctoral research and met Mr. Holalkere R. Chandrasekhar and they got married in 1976. In 1977, while still in Germany, Mr. Chandrasekhar was asked to give a lecture by the chair of the physics department at the University of Missouri and subsequently was offered a faculty position in the physics department. The Chandrasekhars moved to Columbia in 1978. Ms. Chandrasekhar was offered a faculty position in the physics department in 1983 and both of them have been teaching at MU since. Having spent the majority of their lives in the United States, they have no plans of moving back to India. They have three daughters, two of them twins, born and raised in the United States who have now settled all around the country.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2013
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Columbia, Missouri, United States of America
Camera: E-5
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