Rana Adhikari

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Rana Adhikari
Alma materUniversity of Florida
AwardsBreakthrough Prize
Scientific career
InstitutionsTata Institute of Fundamental Research
California Institute of Technology
ThesisSensitivity and noise analysis of 4 km laser interferometric gravitational wave antennae[2]
Doctoral advisorRainer Weiss[1]

Rana Adhikari is an Indian-American Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology and 2019 recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in New Horizons in Physics.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Rana Adhikari was born in India to Raiganj Rana. When he was three years old, his parents had immigrated to the United States. At the age of 10 Rana got his first computer from NASA which was given to him by his father. They both programmed video games until Rana realized that this is not the field he will pursue any longer and chose astrophysics instead.[5] He obtained his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Florida and MIT[6] respectively.


Dr. Adhikari had served as an adjunct professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and since 2004 worked as assistant professor, and later, Professor at Caltech.[6] He is a member of the LIGO team[7] and 2018 Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society.[8]


  1. ^ Shubashree Desikan (7 October 2017). "From noise to music: How the LIGO team heard the famous 'chirp'". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Rana Adhikari CV". Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  3. ^ "'Oscar of Science' Breakthrough Prize Goes to Caltech-MIT Team With Indian American Rana Adhikari". India-West. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  4. ^ "মহাকাশের 'দিগন্ত' ছুঁয়ে খেতাব বাঙালির" (in Bengali). 21 October 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  5. ^ "তিন বছর বয়স থেকে অঙ্কে টান" (in Bengali). 8 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Indian American Rana Adhikari wins 'Oscar of Science' Breakthrough Prize". 30 October 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  7. ^ Whitney Clavin (17 October 2018). "Caltech Scientists Rana Adhikari and Maksym Radziwill Honored with 2019 New Horizons Breakthrough Prizes". Pasadena Now. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  8. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". APS. Retrieved 12 November 2018.

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