Dr Jayanth Murthy is a Senior Professor at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. Previously he was as a Research Scientist at the The Johns Hopkins University (Dept. of Physics and Astronomy), recepient of the National Research Council Fellowship with the NASA Goddard Space Science Centre ( NASA/GSFC Code 681). His scientific interests are Space Missions, Interstellar Dust and Diffuse Radiation Fields. He has PhD (1987) The Johns Hopkins University (Supervisor: R. C. Henry).