T. V. Ramakrishnan

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T. V. Ramakrishnan
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T. V. Ramakrishnan
Tiruppattur Venkatachalamurti Ramakrishnan

(1941-08-14) 14 August 1941 (age 80)
Alma materBanaras Hindu University (B.Sc.) (M.Sc.)
Columbia University (Ph.D.)
Known forContributions to Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and Statistical Mechanics
Scientific career
InstitutionsBanaras Hindu University
Indian Institute of Science
Princeton University
Doctoral advisorJoaquin Mazdak Luttinger
Doctoral studentsVenkat Pai

Tiruppattur Venkatachalamurti Ramakrishnan FRS (born 14 August 1941) is an Indian theoretical physicist known for his contributions in condensed matter physics. He is at present DAE Homi Bhabha Professor of Physics at Benaras Hindu University and also the chancellor of Tripura University.


Tiruppattur Venkatachalamurti Ramakrishnan was born on 14 August 1941 in Madras, Tamil Nadu. He completed his B.Sc (Hons.) and M.Sc in Physics from Banaras Hindu University in 1959 and 1961. He then worked as a CSIR research fellow at Banaras Hindu University from 1961 to 1962. He later completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1966.[1] He started his professional career as lecturer in the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He shifted to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1986 where he continued till 2003. He also served on the Physical Sciences jury for the Infosys Prize from 2010 to 2013.

Ramakrishnan has made seminal contributions to the scaling theory of electron localization.[2] He has made contributions to the theory of liquid to solid transition and of mixed valence systems.

Awards and honours[edit]

He was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1983, TWAS Prize in 1990[3] and the Padma Shri in 2001.[4][5] In 1987 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for his contributions to the many-body theory of disordered systems, especially the scaling theory of localization and the theory of mixed-valent impurities" [6]

Ramakrishnan was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2000.[7] His certificate of election reads:

Professor Ramakrishnan has made crucial contributions to our understanding of condensed many body systems. His pioneering work started two major areas of activity. These are: the liquid-solid transition as well as related phenomena in dense classical systems, and the onset of electron localization in disordered systems. He has also made many significant contributions to their growth. In a third area, namely mixed valence in rare-earth metals, his work on the inverse orbital degeneracy expansion has had a major effect on the field [8]


  1. ^ "Curriculum Vitae of T. V. Ramakrishnan". Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 673 (1979): Scaling Theory of Localization: Absence of Quantum Diffusion in Two Dimensions".
  3. ^ "Prizes and Awards". The World Academy of Sciences. 2016.
  4. ^ "Bhatnagar Award in Physical Sciences". CSIR. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards Directory" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 5 July 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  6. ^ "APS Fellow Archives". APS. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Tiruppattur Ramakrishnan". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences may incorporate text from the royalsociety.org website where "all text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." "Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  8. ^ "EC/2000/30: Ramakrishnan, Tiruppattur Venkatachalamurti". The Royal Society. Retrieved 20 March 2016.