Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan

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Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan
Professor Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan FRS.jpg
L. Mahadevan at the Royal Society admissions day in London in 2016
ResidenceCambridge, MA
Alma materIIT Madras
University of Texas at Austin
Stanford University
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorJoseph B. Keller

Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan FRS is a scientist of Indian origin, and is currently the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Physics at Harvard University. His work centers around understanding the organization of matter in space and time (that is, how it is shaped and how it flows, particularly at the scale observable by the unaided senses, in both physical and biological systems).

Mahadevan is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.


Mahadevan 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.

Career and research[edit]

He started his independent career on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996. In 2000, he was elected the inaugural Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and a professorial fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, the first Indian to be appointed professor to the Faculty of Mathematics there. He has been at Harvard since 2003.

He currently serves as the co-chair (along with E. Kaxiras) of Applied Mathematics and is the faculty dean (along with A. Mahadevan) of Mather House at Harvard University.



  1. ^ "Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan Biography". Royal Society. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  2. ^ Carolyn Y. Johnson (22 September 2009). "4 Mass. residents awarded 'genius' grants". The Boston Globe.
  3. ^ "L. Mahadevan – John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  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 15 March 2013.

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