(born 10 March 1957, Thiruvananthapuram
) () is an Indian theoretical physicist
. He is currently Distinguished Professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics
) at Pune
, India. His principal fields of research are Cosmology
and the interface between Gravity
and Quantum theory
. He is also the recipient of the inaugural Infosys Prize
in the category of Physical Sciences.
Life and career
Padmanabhan did his schooling in Thiruvananthapuram
(Trivandrum) and did his B.Sc (1977) and his M.Sc (1979) in Physics
from University College
, Kerala University
, securing Gold Medals for his academic achievements. He published his first research paper (on general relativity) when he was a B.Sc student, at the age of 20. He joined TIFR
for PhD and became a faculty member there in 1980 where he continued till 1992. He moved to IUCAA
in 1992 and is currently the Dean of Core Academic Programmes.
He has served as visiting faculty at many institutes including theCalifornia Institute of Technology
, Princeton University
, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
and the Pennsylvania State University
as well as the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
He is married to Dr. Vasanthi Padmanabhan, who has a Ph.D in astrophysics from TIFR, Mumbai and has one daughter, Hamsa Padmanabhan.
Padmanabhan has worked in several contemporary areas of theoretical physics likequantum......