Dipen Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

Professor, Physics
Humanities 325


Dipen Bhattacharya, an astrophysicist by training, is best known locally as an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Moreno Valley College and a research physicist at UC Riverside.

Bhattacharya, a Fulbright Scholar, has published several science fiction books in Bengali. He also writes scientific articles and short stories for Bengali newspapers and magazines. Bhattacharya attributes some of his success to the fact that the science fiction market in Bangladesh is relatively new so his style of writing has been well received. Another key to his success is a science organization he established for young scholars in 1975, which hosts science exhibitions and astronomy events and promotes science literacy.

Since 2001, he has been teaching physics and astronomy at Moreno Valley College. He has worked with students on research projects including analyzing Hubble Space Telescope Data and initiated a physics and astronomy colloquium featuring scientists from UCR and UCLA. Sometimes he'll share the books he has written with his students even though they don't understand the language.

Educational Background

M.S., Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.

Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, Durham.

At Riverside Community College District since 2001.