Satish K Malik obtained his BSc (Hons) in Physics (1962) from Delhi University. He joined Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in 1963 after completing the Atomic Energy Training School. He did a MSc in Mathematics (1967) and PhD (1972) from Bombay University, Mumbai. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Melton University, USA, and Visiting Scientist at several laboratories in USA such as Argonne National Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory at Washington and Ames Laboratory at Iowa.
Academic and Research Achievements: Malik has carried out outstanding work in valence fluctuation, Kondo effect and heavy Fermion behaviour in rare earth intermetallics, and provided one of the early evidences of the non-uniform nature of conduction electron polarization. His discovery of exotic magnetism in CeRh3B2 has opened a new field of investigation. The high magnetic Tc is remarkable since Tc in rare earth compounds scales with the rare earth moment. His studies on CeIr3-xRhxB2 reveled that starting from a mixed valent state in CeIr3B2, a magnetic state is evolved in CeRh3B2. Theses results emphasize that the underlying interactions, which influence the 4f-shell so as to yield superconductivity, valence fluctuation or magnetism in such compounds, have the same common origin. He identified new Kondo systems e.g. CePdSn (antiferro) and CePdSb (ferro), the latter bering unusual since theories predict only antiferro-magnetic Kondo lattices. Malik has discovered a new valence fluctuating compound, CeRhSb, which shows a hybridization gap - a result predicted by theory and sought after by experimentalists in the field of valence fluctuation. Ha has published over 220 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Others Contributions: Malik has organized several conferences on valence fluctuations, high temperature superconductivity and condensed matter physics. He has edited two books namely, Theoretical and Experimental Aspects of Valence Fluctuation and Heavy Fermions (Plenum Press, 1987) and High Temperature Superconductivity (Nova Science Publishers).