Ganapathy Baskaran

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Ganapathy Baskaran
Residence Chennai, India
Nationality India
Fields Condensed matter theory, Strongly correlated materials
Institutions Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Perimeter Institute
Alma mater Indian Institute of Science
The American College in Madurai
Known for Resonating valence bond theory
Notable awards Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (1990)
ICTP Prize (1983)

Ganapathy Baskaran is an Indian theoretical physicist, known for his work on condensed matter physics and strongly correlated materials.[1] Baskaran is an Emeritus Professor of physics at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai, India and a Distinguished Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada.[2]

Baskaran completed his undergraduate education at the Thiagarajar college and the American College in Madurai, India. He got his PhD in theoretical physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1975.[3]

In 1987–88, Baskaran, along with P.W. Anderson at Princeton University, developed the resonating valence bond theory to describe the behavior of high-temperature superconductors.[3] Baskaran is also known for his discovery of emerging gauge fields in strongly correlated systems, and for his predictions of p-wave superconductivity in strontium ruthenate and of high-temperature superconductivity in graphene; predictions which were later experimentally verified.[2] In 1983, Baskaran was the first recipient of the ICTP Prize awarded by the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste to young scientists in developing countries for work in physics and mathematics.[4] He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in the summer of 1996.[5] He was also awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize by the Government of India in 1990.


  1. ^ "Excitements in Condensed Matter Physics". Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Archived from the original on 11 September 2005. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Lambert, Lisa. "Eight New Distinguished Research Chairs Join PI". Perimeter Institute. Archived from the original on 22 May 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Prof. G. Baskaran's Brief Profile". Jamia Millia Islamia. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Abdus Salam ICTP Timeline" (PDF). International Center for Theoretical Physics. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Institute for Advanced Study: A Community of Scholars