Ramakrishna Ramaswamy

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Ramakrishna Ramaswamy
Born (1953-10-14) 14 October 1953 (age 68)
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma materLoyola College, Chennai
University of Madras
IIT Kanpur
Princeton University
Scientific career
FieldsNonlinear science, Computational biology
InstitutionsUniversity of Hyderabad, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Doctoral advisorHerschel Rabitz

Ram Ramaswamy (born 14 October 1953 in Chennai, India) is an Indian scientist. He obtained his B.Sc. in chemistry (1972) from Loyola College, Chennai, then M.Sc. in chemistry from the IIT, Kanpur, and Ph.D. (1978) from Princeton University where he worked under the supervision of Herschel Rabitz. He then moved to California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, where he was between 1978 and 1980, working with Prof. Rudolph A. Marcus. He returned to India in 1980 and joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research as visiting fellow (1981) and fellow (1983). In 1986 he moved to the Jawaharlal Nehru University as one of the first members of the School of Physical Sciences, and has been at JNU since then. In addition to a professorship in the School of Physical Sciences, he is also on the faculty of the Centre for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in the School for Computational and Integrative Sciences at JNU. He as on date supervised about 35 PhD students.

He spent a year on sabbatical at the Institute for Molecular Science in Okazaki, Japan (1989–90). A second sabbatical (2004–05) was spent at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. In 2011[1] he was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad. He resigned the position in January 2015,[2] returning to his substantive positions at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. After his retirement from JNU in 2018, he joined IIT Delhi as visiting professor where is still serving.

He was Vice President of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, as well as of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.[3] He served as President of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, during 2016–2018.[4]


  1. ^ "Ramakrishna Ramaswamy takes over as V-C of UoH – The Hindu". The Hindu. 2 June 2011.
  2. ^ "University of Hyderabad VC Ramaswamy resigns – Times of India". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Fellow Profile – Ramaswamy, Prof. Ramakrishna". Indian Academy of Sciences. Bangalore. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Indian Academy of Sciences".

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