Thanu PadmanabhanDate:2017-04-09   Click:642

Professor Thanu Padmanabhan, Distinguished Professor at IUCAA, Pune, is a renowned theoretical physicist who has authored about 270 research papers and eleven books including eight graduate-level textbooks. His research, providing an alternative persective of gravity, in which gravity arises as an emergent phenomenon has far reaching implications for quantum gravity and has won prizes six times from the Gravity Research Foundation, USA including the First Award in 2008.

In recognition of his achievements, the President of India awarded him the medal of honor, Padma Shri, in 2007.

He is an elected Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences and all the three Academies of Science in India. He was the President of the Cosmology Commission of the International Astronomical Union (2009-2012), Chairman of the Astrophysics Commission of International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (2011-2014) and a Sackler Distinguished Astronomer of the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. The national and international awards received by him include: Inaugural Infosys Prize in Physical Sciences (2009), Third World Academy of Sciences Prize in Physics (2011), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (1996), INSA Vainu-Bappu Medal (2007), Millennium Medal (2000), Al-Khwarizmi International Award (2002), Miegunah Award of Melbourne University (2004).

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