Jitendra Nath Goswami
Jitendra Nath Goswami (left) receiving the Padma Shri award from Pranab Mukherjee, President of India in 2017
Born (1950-11-18) 18 November 1950 (age 73)[1]
Alma materCotton College
Gauhati University
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Gujarat University
Known forChandrayaan-1
AwardsNASA's Public Service Group Achievement Award (1986)
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1994)
Kamal Kumari National Award (2003)
Asom Ratna (2015)
Padma Shri (2017)
Scientific career
InstitutionsPhysical Research Laboratory
Indian Space Research Organization

Jitendranath Goswami (born 18 November 1950) is an Indian scientist from Jorhat, Assam. He was the Chief Scientist of Chandrayaan-1,[2] and was also the developer of this project.[3] He served as a director of Physical Research Laboratory situated at Ahmadabad, Gujarat. He was also associated with Chandrayaan-2 and Mangalyaan.


Goswami started his schooling in Jorhat. In 1965, he was sixth in the higher secondary examination conducted by AHSEC. Soon after, he enrolled in Cotton College to study Physics.[4] He got his MSc from Gauhati University and joined Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for his PhD.[3] At this time he also worked as a post-graduate research scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.[3] In 1978, he received his PhD degree from Gujarat University.


Following his PhD, Goswami conducted research at various institutions including UC Berkeley, Washington University in St. Louis, Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Max Planck Institute. His research primarily centered on the Solar System and Astrophysics. Through collaborative efforts, evidence was presented suggesting the main source of energy for the solar system during its formation was the 26Al nuclide in its half-life. Goswami has also contributed to studies on Cosmic Rays and Tectonic Plates, resulting in various findings and conclusions.[3] At the Physical Research Laboratory, he participated in exploration projects, and contributed to ISRO in its early phases. He was an associate scientist for the Cosmic Ray experiment and the lead scientist for Lunar Samples on spacecraft Spacelab-3.[5] Additionally, he was a member of the Physical Sciences jury for the Infosys Prize between 2016 and 2018.[6]


Goswami was elected president of the Astronomical Society of India in 2007. He is a member of The World Academy of Science, Indian Academy of Sciences, European Association of Geochemistry and many other national and international astronomy associations.


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  2. ^ "The Chandrayaan Team". Zee News. Archived from the original on 6 August 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Indian Fellow". Indian National Science Academy. Archived from the original on 24 July 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Chandrayaan scientist on Cotton mission". The Telegraph. 10 December 2008. Archived from the original on 8 September 2023. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  5. ^ "The Principal Scientist of Chandrayaan-1". north east india.com. Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Infosys Prize - Jury 2018". Infosys Science Foundation. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  7. ^ "AOGS Axford Medal Award Recipient". Asia Oceania Geosciences Society. Retrieved 28 April 2023.
  8. ^ "Dr Jiten Goswami awarded Asom Ratna". Assam Tribune. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Padma Awards 2017 announced".