Distinguished Associate
 Centre for Condensed Matter Theory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-560010
(DAE Homi Bhabha Professor, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221005)


   Educational Background

w  B.Sc. with Honours in Physics and Mathematics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 1959

w  M.Sc. in Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 1961

w  Ph.D. in Physics, Columbia University, New York, USA, 1966


Professional Career


w  CSIR Junior Research Fellow, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 1961-62.

w  Lecturer in Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, Oct. 1966-March 1967. Assistant Professor, March 1967- Dec. 1967.

w  Assistant Research Physicist, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA, Jan. 1968 -July 1970.

w  Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Sept. 1970 - Oct.1977.

w  Professor, IIT Kanpur, Oct. 1977- July 1980.

w  Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA, Aug. 1978- Sept.1981.

w  Consultant, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA, July 1980-Sept.1981.

w  Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Oct.1981- Aug.1984.

w  Coordinator, Research Programme on Disorder, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, Aug. 1983- Dec.1983.

w  Professor, Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Aug. 1984- April 1986.

w  Professor, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, April 1986-Aug. 2003.

w  Visiting Professor and Visiting Research Physicist, Department of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA, 1990-1991.

w  Consultant, AT & T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA, 1990-1991.

w  Honorary Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore, 1993- present.

w  INSA Srinivasa Ramanujan Research Professor, 1997-2002.

w  Rothschild Visiting Professor, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University, May-June, 2000.

w  DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor (held in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 2003-2008)

w  Distinguished Associate, Centre for Condensed Matter Theory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2003-present.

w  Visiting Fellow Commoner, Trinity College, and Visiting Professor, Cambridge University, 2004. 

w  Honorary Distinguished Professor, IIT Kanpur, Oct. 2004-2006.

w  Emeritus Professor, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, 2006-present.

w  Hindustan Lever Research Professor, 2008- present


Distinctions  etc..

w  Devasthale Prize in Physics, 1959.

w  Higgins Fellow, Columbia University, New York, 1962-63; President's Fellow, Columbia University, 1963-66.

w  Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 2004.



w  Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore), 1980.

w  Indian National Science Academy (New Delhi), 1984.

w  American Physical Society (USA), 1984.

w  Third World Academy of Sciences (Trieste, Italy), 1991.

w  National Academy of Sciences (Allahabad), 1993.

w  Royal Society (London), UK, 2000.

w  Institute of Physics, UK, 2000.

w  Honorary Fellow, TIFR, Mumbai, 2004.

w  Foreign Associate, Academie des Sciences (Paris), France,2005.

w  Honorary Associate, IACS,Kolkata, 2006.


    w  Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for Physical Sciences, CSIR, India, 1982.

w  Third World Academy of Sciences Award in Physics, 1990.

w  Mahendralal Sircar Award for Physical Sciences, 1994.

w  Alumni Award for Excellence in Research, Indian Institute of Science, 1997.

w  Jawaharlal Nehru Award for Science, MP Council for Science and Technology, 1999.

w  C V Raman Centenary Medal, Indian Science Congress, 2001.

w  Padma Sri, President of India, 2001.

w  Meghnad Saha Medal, Asiatic Society, Kolkata, 2002.

w  Distinguished Materials Scientist of the Year, Materials Research Society of India, 2004.

w  Goyal Prize in Physics, Kurukshetra, 2004.

w  Trieste Science Prize, 2005.

w  G M Modi Award in Science, 2008.



w  K S Krishnan Award Lecture, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, 1997

w  Meghnad Saha Memorial Lecture, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, 2001

w  National Professor, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, 2010-12.
Invited speaker at many international professional conferences, including

w  Nobel Symposium 73 (Graftvallen, Sweden, June 1988) on Physics of Low-Dimensional Systems

w  Critical Problems in Physics, a conference to commemorate 250 years of  Princeton University, Aug. 1996

w  Fifty Years of Condensed Matter Physics, a conference in honour of P W Anderson, Aspen, USA, Jan. 2000.

w  Frontiers in Physics: Fortieth Anniversary of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, Oct. 4-5, 2004.


     Member, Editorial Board

w  International Journal of Modern Physics (World Scientific Pub. Co. Singapore); Physica B (North Holland, Amsterdam); Journal of Physics Condensed Matter (IOP, UK; 1991-94); Physical Review B (APS, New York, 1993-98), European Journal of Physics (IOP, UK).


    Membership (etc.), Scientific Council

w  International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (1994-2003).

w  Member, Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge MA, USA, 1994-present.  

w  Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi (1994-2000)

w  Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta, (1995-2003)

w  Nuclear Science Centre, New Delhi, (1995-2000)

w  Centre for Liquid Crystals Research, Bangalore, (1996- 2004)

w  Vice-President, Indian National Science Academy, 2000-2003.

w  Inter University Consortium, Indore, (2001-2003).

w  Indian Association for Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, (2004-2008)

w  President, Indian Academy of Sciences, 2004-2006

w  Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (2005-present)