Sashi Bhushan Bhatia earned his BSc and MSc degrees from Lucknow University. In 1950 he joined the Imperial College of Science and Technology as a research scholar in Micropaleontology. He was awarded the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) in 1953 and the PhD in Micropaleontology by the University of London. He joined Lucknow University as Lecturer in 1953, and in 1958, he joined the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Calcutta as the Publication Officer. In 1959, he resigned from GSI to join the Faculty of Panjab University. He retired as Professor in 1990, and continued for a period of five years as an Emeritus Scientist of the CSIR.
Academic and Research Achievements: At Lucknow University, Bhatia initiated a number of research projects in Micropaleontology, particularly in the fields of Foraminifera and Ostracoda - two groups of microfossils which were becoming increasingly useful tools in oil exploration. He edited Vol II of the Manual of Geology of India by Sir Edwin H Pascoe, which was under print at that time while at GSI in 1958. He has authored over 100 research articles, and is an active member of the International Research Group on Charophyta with its office in Montpellier, France.
Awards and Honours: Professor Bhatia received the L Rama Rao Gold medal in 1986 and the Oil and Natural Gas Commission, Dehradun honoured him with a Silver Plaque in 1996. He has been a member of the Governing Body of the Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany, Lucknow and earlier also as a member of its Research Advisory Committee. He has also served as the Chairman of the RAC of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun.