Shridhar Ramachandra Gadre
At XII ICCCRE 2008[dubious ], Pune, India
20 May 1950|
|Fields||Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry|
|Institutions||University of Pune Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur|
|Alma mater||Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, University of Pune|
|Known for||Molecular Scalar Fields, Molecular Clusters, Ab initio treatment for large molecules|
Shridhar Ramachandra Gadre (born May 20, 1950) is an Indian scientist working in computational quantum and theoretical chemistry.
Education and early work
Professor Gadre got his undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Pune. He did his Ph.D. with Professor P. T. Narasimhan at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. Following his Ph.D. he did post-doctoral work with Professor Robert Parr at the University of North Carolina and Robert Matcha at the University of Houston. During his post-doctoral work, Gadre carried out research in density functional theory and on rigorous inequalities in quantum chemistry.
After returning to India, Gadre joined as a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry of University of Pune and became a Professor of Physical Chemistry in 1988. Since joining the University of Pune, Gadre's work has focused on the study of molecular scalar fields and their topographical characteristics. In 1985 he proposed a new maximum entropy principle which has been since investigated by other researchers. Gadre has been at the forefront of investigating chemical reactivity and weak interactions through the use of molecular electrostatics potentials and momentum densities. Gadre has also contributed to algorithms and codes for efficiently parallelizing quantum chemical ab inito calculations. Recently he has pioneered a technique called the Molecular Tailoring Approach that seeks to calculate accurate one-electron properties for large molecules by breaking down the molecules into fragments and then combining calculations on individual fragments. This approach is now extended to perform geometry optimization as well as Hessian (vibrational frequency) calculation of large molecules in an efficient manner even on a common personal computer.
In 1995 Professor Gadre founded the Interdisciplinary school of scientific computing at the University of Pune and has since served as its Director. He has authored and co-authored over 185 articles in high-impact journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Chemical Physics. He has mentored 17 Ph.D. students and 45 Masters degree students. Professor Gadre has also authored, co-authored several book chapters.
Awards and honors
For his contributions, Professor Gadre was elected a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1992 and the Indian National Science Academy in 1996 and received the prestigious Shantiswarup Bhatnagar Award in Chemistry (1993), awarded every year by the President of India to select scientist below the age of 40 who have made notable contributions to science. Since 2000 Professor Gadre has also been closely associated with the Indian and International Chemistry Olympiads.
Professor Gadre is a recipient of various awards and honors.
- "Young Scientist" Medal and Award in Chemical Science, of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, 1982.
- "Young Associate" of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, 1983
- Selected as an "INSA Research Fellow" ( 1988–1991 ).
- Selected as a "UGC Research Scientitst - C" equivalent to full Professorship (1988).
- Fellow of the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences (1989).
- Selected as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (1990).
- The team of Professor S. R. Gadre and co-workers was awarded the Second 100 MFLOP PARAM Award by Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune (1991).
- Elected as a Life Member of The Agharkar Institute for the Cultivation of Science, Pune (1992).
- Awarded a Golden Jubilee Visiting Fellowship of the Department of Chemical Technology, Matunga, Mumbai (1993).
- Sir Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Chemical Sciences (1993).
- Awarded the Prin. V. K. Joag prize for excellence in teaching and research, University of Pune (1994).
- Honorary Senior Fellow of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre, Bangalore (1994).
- Selected as a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi (1995).
- Delivered a Platinum Jubilee lecture at the Indian Science Congress, Pune, January 2000.
- Interconnection between electron densities in position and momentum spaces S. R. Gadre and R. K. Pathak Ed. D. MukherjeeAspects of Many Body Effects in Molecules and Extended Systems 50. 1989 Springer.
- Parallelization of two electron integrals in molecular orbital programs S. R. Gadre et al. Ed. Vijay Bhatkar Advanced Computing. 1991. pp. 388–391, Tata McGraw Hill.
- Molecular Recognition via Molecular Electrostatic Potential Topography, S. R. Gadre et al. Molecular Electrostatic Potential: Concepts and Applications 3. 1996. pp. 219–522, Elsevier, Amsterdam.
- Topography of Atomic and Molecular Scalar Fields, S. R. Gadre, Computational Chemistry: Reviews of Current Trends 4. 1999. pp. 1–53, World Scientific, Singapore.
- Information Theoretical Approaches to Quantum Chemistry, Reviews of Modern Quantum Chemistry: A Celebration in the Contributions of Robert G. Parr Ed. K.D. Sen 1. 2003. pp. 108–147, World Scientific, Singapore.
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