Shrinivas Kulkarni

Shrinivas Kulkarni

Shrinivas Kulkarni

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Shrinivas R. Kulkarni () FRS is a professor of astrophysics and planetary science at California Institute of Technology. He is on the Space Interferometry Mission science team and is the director of optical observatories at California Institute of Technology, including Palomar and Keck.

Kulkarni is the brother of Sudha Murty and Jayshree Deshapande.


Shrinivas Ramchandra Kulkarni was born in the small town of Kurundwad on October 4, 1956 in southern Maharashtra and had his early education in Hubballi, Karnataka, India. He obtained his MS in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1978, and his PhD at the University of California, Berkley in 1983, and later became a professor at California Institute of Technology. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, London, in 2001, one of only ten living Indian born scientists to do so. He was elected to be member of National Academy of Science in 2003. He has received many awards including the NSF's Alan T. Waterman award in 1992 and the Helen B. Warner Prize from the American Astronomical Society in 1991.

Notable research

Kulkarni is known for shifting between different fields within astronomy, using wide range of wavelength in observation. He started off his career as a radio astronomer. He studied molecular clouds and discovered four arms of milky way galaxy. He was a member of the team that discovered the first millisecond pulsar, PSR B1937+21. He discovered the first optical counterpart of...
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