Radha Balakrishnan

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Radha Balakrishnan
Alma materDelhi University
Brandeis University
SpouseV. Balakrishnan
ChildrenHari Balakrishnan (son)
Hamsa Balakrishnan (daughter)
Scientific career
InstitutionsDepartment of Theoretical Physics, University of Madras
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai

Radha Balakrishnan is an Indian theoretical physicist. She is a retired professor at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India. After her early work in condensed matter physics on quantum crystals, she switched fields to nonlinear dynamics and has published research papers on a variety of topics.[1][2][3][4]


Balakrishnan pursued her Physics Honours from Delhi University and finished her M.Sc in 1965. She has a Ph.D from Brandeis University where her thesis was one of the earliest studies of quantum crystals on the effects of 4He impurities in solid 3He.[5]


During the 1980s, when Balakrishnan returned to India, she worked at the Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Madras as a Research Associate. She joined Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai in 1987. She retired in the year 2004 and since that time, Balakrishnan is continuing her research as a CSIR Emeritus Scientist.[5] Her current research is on Nonlinear Dynamics, Solitons and Applications in Physics, Connections to Classical Differential Geometry.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Radha Balakrishnan is married to V. Balakrishnan who is an Indian theoretical physicist. Their two children, Hari Balakrishnan and Hamsa Balakrishnan, are both faculty members at MIT.

Awards & honours[edit]

From the 1990s, she had been studying the deep connections between nonlinearity and the differential geometry of curves and surfaces. Balakrishnan received the Tamil Nadu Scientists Award in the Physical Sciences (1999) for her work. She also received INSA’s Professor Darshan Ranganathan Memorial Lecture Award (2005) for original and pioneering contributions in nonlinear dynamics.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Former Faculty at The Institute of Mathematical Sciences". www.imsc.res.in. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  2. ^ G. Caglioti, A. Ferro Milone, ed. (17 March 2013). Mechanical and Thermal Behaviour of Metallic Materials Enrico Fermi International School of Physics. Elsevier, 1982. p. 324. ISBN 9780080983837. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  3. ^ Selected Topics in Mathematical Physics: Professor R. Vasudevan Memorial Volume. Allied Publishers. 1995. p. 257. ISBN 9788170234883. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Everlasting Quantum Wave: Physicists Predict New Form of Soliton in Ultracold Gases". phys.org.
  5. ^ a b c "Autobiographical article" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2014.

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