Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan

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Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Trinity College, Cambridge, Harvard University
Notable awards MacArthur Fellows Program

Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan is an Indian American mathematician and scientist, and currently the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Physics at Harvard University.[1] His work centers around using mathematics to understand the organization of matter in space and time, i.e. how it is shaped and how it flows, particularly at the scale observable by the unaided senses.


He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and then received an M.S from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1995.

He has previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was subsequently a Professorial Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, and the first Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics there, and is currently a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.



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  2. ^ Carolyn Y. Johnson (September 22, 2009). "4 Mass. residents awarded ‘genius’ grants". The Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ "L. Mahadevan - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  4. ^ Cerda, E.; Mahadevan, L. "Conical Surfaces and Crescent Singularities in Crumpled Sheets". Physical Review Letters 80 (11): 2358–2361. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.80.2358. 
  5. ^ "Wrinkle researchers bag physics Ig Nobel". Retrieved 2013-03-15. 

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