Kapil Hari Paranjape

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Kapil Hari Paranjape
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Kapil at IISER Mohali Graduation Dinner(2013)
Nationality India
Fields Algebraic geometry in mathematics
Institutions Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, University of Bombay
Doctoral advisor S. Ramanan
Notable awards Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology

Kapil Hari Paranjape (कपिल हरी परांजपे) is an Indian mathematician. He is a Professor of Mathematics at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. He specializes in algebraic geometry.


He was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra near the Kabootar Khana in Dadar but grew up in New Delhi. He completed his schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in 1977. He joined Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur where he pursued a five-year integrated master’s programme in Mathematics and graduate with first class distinction in 1982. He joined School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research as was awarded his PhD Mathematics in 1992.

Paranjape is also involved in the promotion of Linux and GNU[1] and also writes a popular blog Mast Kalandar.[2]


He worked as a Reader at TIFR from 1993-1998. During this he also held various visiting positions at University of Chicago, University of Paris-Sud and University of Warwick. He was appointed as Professor at the Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore. He moved to Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai in 1996. Between 2001 and 2009 he has held visiting positions at California Institute of Technology. Since 2009 he is a professor of Mathematics at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali.


He was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in 2005, the highest science award in India, in the mathematical sciences category. His citation read "Dr Paranjape has made outstanding contributions in the field of algebraic geometry, especially the theory of algebraic cycles. He has made highly significant contributions in connecting Hodge Theory to the study of Chow Groups. He has also established deep relations between Calabi-Yau varieties and modular forms.".[3][4] He is also a recipient of various other honors, among them are

  • Fellowship of Indian Academy of Sciences Bangalore, 1997
  • Fellowship of National Academy of Sciences Allahabad, 1999
  • B. M. Birla award for young scientists, 1999
  • Debian Developer, 2007
  • Fellowship of Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, 2009


  1. ^ "Kapil Hari Paranjape". Linux Gazette. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mast Kalandar". Linux Gazette. Retrieved 21 Feb 2014. 
  3. ^ "Indian Fellow: Kapil Hari Pranjape". Indian National Science Academy. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards For Science And Technology 2005". Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India. Retrieved 29 June 2013.