Episode published 5 May 2022
In episode #40 of Living Proof, Dan Aspel and Christie Marr speak to Prof Rama Govindarajan of the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences in Bengaluru. Prof Govindarajan is the Kirk Distinguished Visting Fellow for the “Mathematical aspects of turbulence” programme, and her specialism lies in fluid mechanics. However, she also has some enlightening personal experiences to share, including giving birth whilst being interviewed for a PHD course, the realities of being a female scientist in India past and India present, and the joys of mingling with scientists across and adjacent to her field.
00:00 – Introduction
00:50 – Welcome (the Mathematical Aspects of Turbulence programme “has been my most productive scientific trip ever”)
02:35 – What draws a mathematician to fluid mechanics?
04:20 – Giving birth whilst applying, and being interviewed, for a PHD
09:30 – The challenges of juggling parenthood and studies
12:35 – A career divided between India and USA, the research scene in the former (“it’s incredibly optimistic”)
17:40 – Current attitudes towards pregnancy and women in science
20:00 – A love of turbulence and fluid mechanics
27:10 – Mixing with other participants at INI
33:15 – Encouraging a younger generation
Dan Aspel and Christie Marr speak to Prof Rama Govindarajan of the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences in Bengaluru.
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