Abhik Ghosh is a professor of inorganic and materials chemistry at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. He grew up in Kolkata, India, and did his B. Sc. (Honours) at Jadavpur University in that city. He did his Ph. D. at the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Paul G. Gassman, while collaborating extensively with Jan Almlöf. After postdoctoral stints in bioinorganic chemistry with Larry Que and David Bocian, he took up a faculty position at UiT in 1996, where he has been full professor since 2000. He was a Senior Fellow of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (1997-2004) and on several occasions a Visiting Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2006-2015). Since 2021, he has led the UiT’s Center for Sustainable STEM Education.
Abhik has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, and the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines. He edited the popular science book Letters to a Young Chemist (Wiley, 2011) and coauthored the textbook Arrow Pushing in Inorganic Chemistry: A Logical Approach to the Chemistry of the Main Group Elements (Wiley, 2014); the latter won the 2015 PROSE Award for Best Textbook in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences. In 2022, he received the Hans Fischer Career Award for Lifetime Achievement in Porphyrin Science.
Abhik takes a certain pride in being a fluent speaker of Sanskrit. An energetic advocate of diversity in science, he is also a particular ally of LGBTQ+ scientists.