Dr. Meera Chandrasekhar obtained a B.Sc. degree from M.G.M. College, Udupi, an M.Sc. from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, and a Ph. D. from Brown University, Providence, RI (1976). After a post doctoral fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institut in Stuttgart, Germany, she came to the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1978, where she rose through the faculty ranks, and served as a Professor of Physics and Astronomy till her retirement in 2019. She currently holds the title of Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita.

Dr. Chandrasekhar's research interests are in the area of optical spectroscopy of semiconductors, superconductors, and conjugated polymers, with an emphasis on high pressure studies. She has a strong interest in the education of young students, both at the college and K-12 levels. She has developed and conducted hands-on physics programs for students in grades 5-12 and summer institutes for K-12 teachers since 1992. She has received several awards for these activities.

Meera is an avid photographer and quilter.The photograph above was taken during her trip to Chobe National Forest, Botswana in 2018.

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