Hello! I am Kishore Patra, a Nagaraj-Noll-Otellini Graduate Fellow working with Alex Filippenko in the Department of Astronomy, University of California at Berkeley. I am broadly interested in observational astronomy with current focus on supernova explosions, tidal disruption events and exoplanet orbits. I have a specialized expertise in the technique of measuring polarization as a function of light wavelength (spectropolarimetry).

Before coming to Berkeley, I graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018. At MIT, I worked with Josh Winn and Nevin Weinberg on the search for orbital decay in exoplanets.

I grew up in a little village on the eastern coast of India before moving to the UK, and then to the US for higher education. In my free time, I play cricket and tennis, explore maps and write stories.



Below you can read some of my random musings and occasional writings.

The Lebesgue Dominated Convergence Theorem

The lecturer wrote in large bold letters “Lebesgue Dominated Convergence Theorem” on the board. He then went on to fill the board with dxs, dks, integrals, tildes, hats, fs and gs. In the distance I heard a speeding train – faint at first, but gradually becoming louder and louder until it drowned the instructor’s soft words. I heard the metallic clanking – clickety-clack, clickety-clack – and the hoot-hoot along with the unyielding chug-chug. Then the guard’s shrill whistle followed by... [Read More]