C. P. Rajendran

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Chittenipattu Puthenveettil Rajendran
Born (1955-05-29) 29 May 1955 (age 62)
Ottapalam, Palakkad, Kerala, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Kerala University
Cochin University of Science and Technology
Known for Paleoseismology and Tectonics
Spouse(s) Kusala Rajendran
Awards National Geoscience Award (2009)
Scientific career
Fields Geology
Institutions Indian Institute of Science
Centre for Earth Science Studies

Chittenipattu Puthenveettil Rajendran, also known among his peers as CP (Malayalam: സീ പീ രാജേന്ദ്രന്‍) (born 29 May 1955, Ottapalam, Palakkad Kerala India) is an Indian geologist who has worked mainly in paleoseismology and Indian geology.


Rajendran did his schooling in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and Chennai and did his BSc (1976) in Geology from University College, Kerala University and MSc (1978) from Cochin University of Science and Technology. He joined Centre for Earth Science Studies as a research scientist. After obtaining PhD from the Cochin University of Science and Technology in 1988, he moved to the University of South Carolina (USA) for postdoctoral studies, till 1993.


CP moved back to Centre for Earth Science Studies, Trivandrum in 1994 where he continued till 2008. He accepted Ramanujan National Fellowship[1] by the Government of India at the Indian Institute of Science in 2009 and now works at the new centre initiated on Earth Science there. He is married to Prof. Kusala Rajendran, currently in the faculty[2] at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Dr. Rajendran is one of India's foremost expert in paleoseismology. He has contributed to the development of this field for the last three decades by his research contributions in seismo-tectonics, earthquake geology, paleoseismology, and tsunami geology in India. His efforts have provided insights into the earthquake recurrence and fault zone deformation in various seismotectonic provinces of India.[3][4]

He initiated paleoseismological work at various parts of the country including Killari (Latur),[5] Kerala,[5] Rann of Kachchh,[6] Saurashtra, Cambay, Panvel (Maharashtra), Assam,[7] Central Himalaya[8] and Andaman-Nicobar region.[9] His work prior to 2001 Gujarat earthquake on the 1819 Rann of Kutch earthquake and the linear elevated tract of land called "Allahbund" in the low-lying Rann in the northwest India has led to basic understanding on earthquake processes in the north western part of India.

His search in the epicentral area of the 1819 Rann of Kutch earthquake led to the identification of another event between 800 and 1,000 years B.P.[6] Based on the relative size and frequency of 2001[10] and older sandblows, he interpreted that the earlier earthquake may have also originated from the same source.

CP was ranked among the top ten young researchers in the country by the "Outlook" Magazine[11] (dated 18 July 2005).

He is able to make original scientific contributions to earthquake studies and seismic hazard in India. Recent years he has also been working on the tsunami geology and hazard and worked in many globally important locations like the Chilean Coast[12] and Makran Coast in Iran.[13] He is also involved in the collaborative work and co-operation on tsunami hazard, among various researchers from many countries. He also writes articles for science popularisation.

Dr. Rajendran has served as a

  • Member, Research Advisory Committee, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Govt. of India [2004–2006].
  • Member, Council of the Geological Society of India [2004–2007]
  • Member, Project Advisory and Management Committee on National Seismicity Programme, Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi, [1998– 2002].
  • Member, Natural Disaster Management Plan for the Kerala State, Science and Technology, and Environment Council, Government of Kerala (2005).
  • Member, Expert Committee, Government of Kerala, Stability of Mullaperiyar dam in the light of recent earthquakes (2000–2001)


He was awarded the National Geoscience Award in 2009[14] by the Government of India for his contributions in the field of disaster management.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome to Science and Engineering Research Council". Serc-dst.org. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Home". Ceas.iisc.ernet.in. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/nov102000/1198.pdf
  4. ^ "Current Science – Contents". Ias.ac.in. 25 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "The 1993 Killari (Latur), central India, earthquake: An example of fault reactivation in the Precambrian crust". Geology.geoscienceworld.org. 30 September 1993. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Characteristics of Deformation and Past Seismicity Associated with the 1819 Kutch Earthquake, Northwestern India". Bssa.geoscienceworld.org. 1 June 2001. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Interpreting the style of faulting and paleoseismicity associated with the 1897 Shillong, northeast India, earthquake: Implications for regional tectonism". Agu.org. 6 August 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tectonophysics : Geological investigations at Killari and Ter, central India and implications for palaeoseismicity in the shield region". Tectonophysics. 308: 67–81. Bibcode:1999Tectp.308...67R. doi:10.1016/S0040-1951(99)00086-4. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Crustal Deformation and Seismic History Associated with the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake: A Perspective from the Andaman–Nicobar Islands". Bssa.geoscienceworld.org. 26 December 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Cover Photo – July/August 2002, 73 (4)". Srl.geoscienceworld.org. 6 January 2001. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Kusala & C.P. Rajendran". Outlookindia.com. 18 July 2005. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  12. ^ Nature. "Predecessors of the giant 1960 Chile earthquake : Abstract". Nature. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  13. ^ http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/dec252008/1739.pdf
  14. ^ "Press Information Bureau English Releases". Pib.nic.in. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 

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