Bala Iyer is currently Simons Visiting Professor at ICTS-TIFR Bangalore. He completed his BSc, MSc and PhD (1980) from Bombay University. He was a faculty In Raman Research Institute, Bangalore from 1980-2014 and worked on Astrophysical applications of General Relativity, Perturbation methods and Black Holes. Since 1990 he has worked on Gravitational waves from inspiraling binaries of neutron stars and black holes. He is a part of the research group that recently detected the gravitational waves. He is the Chair of the IndIGO Consortium from its inception in 2009 and was PI of IndIGO participation in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) during 2014-19. He was a member of the core team for LIGO-India Mega Project Proposal.
Ajit Kembhavi (born 16 August 1950) is an Indian astrophysicist. He is presently a Professor Emeritus at the Inte r- University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, (IUCAA) at Pune, India, of which he is also a former Director. After finishing his M.Sc. in Physics, he joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) for his PhD, where he worked with the renowned Indian astrophysicist and Cosmologist Jayant Narlikar. He worked with Lord Martin Rees at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge As a postdoctoral fellow.