L. Mahadevan at the Royal Society admissions day in London in 2016
|Alma mater||IIT Madras|
University of Texas at Austin
|Doctoral advisor||Joseph B. Keller|
Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan FRS is a mathematician and 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 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.
Career and research
He started his independent career on the faculty of 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 in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and is the faculty dean (along with A. Mahadevan) of Mather House at Harvard University.
- 2016 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society
- 2014 Clay Senior Scholar
- 2009 MacArthur Fellows Program
- 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship
- 2007 Ig Nobel Prize for physics
- 2007 Visiting Miller Professor, University of California, Berkeley
- 2006 George Ledlie Prize, Harvard University
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