Rajesh Gopakumar

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Rajesh Gopakumar
Rajesh Gopakumar at Harvard University
Born (1967-12-14) 14 December 1967 (age 48)
Kolkata, India
Residence India
Citizenship Indian
Fields String Theory, Theoretical Physics
Institutions Harish-Chandra Research Institute
Institute for Advanced Study
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (B.Sc., M.Sc.), Princeton University (Ph.D)
Doctoral advisor David Gross
Known for Gopakumar–Vafa duality
Gopakumar–Vafa invariants
Notable awards Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, ICTP Prize
Spouse Rukmini Dey

Rajesh Gopakumar (born 1967 in Kolkata, India) a theoretical physicist is director of the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS-TIFR) in Bangalore, India. He was previously a professor at Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI) in Allahabad, India.[1] He is known for his work on topological string theory.


Gopakumar was born in 1967 to Jaishree and G. Gopakumar in Kolkata[citation needed]. His family hails from the southern Indian state of Kerala.[2] He has the distinction being ranked 1 in the entrance examination for the Indian Institute of Technology in 1987.[3]

Gopakumar obtained his integrated M.Sc. degree in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1992. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1997 under the supervision of David Gross. After a few years as a research associate at Harvard University, he joined HRI in 2001. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey from 2001 to 2004.[4]

He is married to Rukmini Dey, a Professor of Mathematical Physics and Geometry at ICTS-TIFR.[5]


Gopakumar is a string theorist. His research is primarily focused on topological string theory. He is known for proposing with Cumrun Vafa the Gopakumar–Vafa duality and Gopakumar–Vafa invariants.[6]


Gopakumar was awarded the 2004 B.M. Birla Science Prize in Physics.[7]

He received the 2006 ICTP Prize.[8]

He received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 2009.[2]

He was named Fellow of the Global Young Academy of Scientists for 2010.[1][9] He is a member of the Indian National Science Academy, and the Indian Academy of Sciences.[10]

He received The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) award in 2013.

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Academic Report 2010-2011" (PDF). Harish-Chandra Research Institute. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b "City scientist chosen for Bhatnagar award". The Times Of India. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  3. ^ Where are They Now? | OPEN Magazine
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "PEOPLE | International Centre for Theoretical Sciences". www.icts.res.in. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  6. ^ Rajesh Gopakumar, Cumrun Vafa (1999). "On the Gauge Theory/Geometry Correspondence". Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics 3. arXiv:hep-th/9811131. Bibcode:1998hep.th...11131G. 
  7. ^ IITKAA "News Update" Check |url= value (help). IIT Kanpur Alumni Association. 2006-03-07. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  8. ^ "The Prize Winners". International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  9. ^ "Members". Global Young Academy. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  10. ^ GYA member listing, retrieved 2011-03-23.