28 Notable alumni of
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
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Tata Institute of Fundamental Research is 1524th in the world, 336th in Asia, and 38th in India by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 28 notable alumni from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

Jayant Vishnu Narlikar
 Occupations
 science fiction writerastrophysicistastronomeruniversity teacher
 Biography

Jayant Vishnu Narlikar is an Indian astrophysicist and emeritus professor at the InterUniversity Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA). He developed with Sir Fred Hoyle the conformal gravity theory, known as Hoyle–Narlikar theory. It synthesises Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and Mach's principle. It proposes that the inertial mass of a particle is a function of the masses of all other particles, multiplied by a coupling constant, which is a function of cosmic epoch.

E. C. George Sudarshan
 Occupations
 university teacherphysicist
 Biography

Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan was an Indian American theoretical physicist and a professor at the University of Texas. Prof.Sudarshan has been credited with numerous contributions to the field of theoretical physics, including Glauber–Sudarshan P representation, VA theory, tachyons, quantum Zeno effect, open quantum system and quantum master equations, spin–statistics theorem, noninvariance groups, positive maps of density matrices, and quantum computation.

Ashok Khemka
 Occupations
 civil servant
 Biography

Ashok Khemka is an Indian civil service bureaucrat. He is an Indian Administrative Service officer of 1991 batch. He is best known for cancelling the mutation of Sonia Gandhi's soninlaw Robert Vadra's illegal land deal in Gurgaon. As of January 2023, he has been transferred 55 times in 30 years by state governments after he exposed corruption in the departments he was posted in. He is a whistleblower of several scams that took place under Bhupinder Hooda's regime, including the Robert Vadra DLF land grab scam, SonepatKharkhoda IMT land scam case, and Garhi Sampla Uddar Gagan land scam. Ashok Khemka is Haryana's secondmost transferred bureaucrat after another retired IAS officer, Pradeep Kasni, who was transferred 71 times in 35 years.

Ashoke Sen
 Occupations
 university teacherphysicist
 Biography

Ashoke Sen FRS is an Indian theoretical physicist and distinguished professor at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bangalore. A former distinguished professor at the HarishChandra Research Institute, Allahabad, He is also an honorary fellow in National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, India he is also a Morningstar Visiting professor at MIT and a distinguished professor at the Korea Institute for Advanced Study. His main area of work is string theory. He was among the first recipients of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics "for opening the path to the realization that all string theories are different limits of the same underlying theory".

Yash Pal
 Occupations
 science communicatorphysicist
 Biography

Yash Pal was an Indian scientist, educator and educationist. He was known for his contributions to the study of cosmic rays, as well as for being an institutionbuilder. In his later years, he became one of the leading science communicators of the country.

Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon
 Occupations
 physicist
 Biography

Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon also known as M. G. K. Menon, was a physicist and policy maker from India. He had a prominent role in the development of science and technology in India over four decades. One of his most important contributions was nurturing the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, which his mentor Homi J. Bhabha founded in 1945.

Atul Gurtu
 Occupations
 physicist
 Biography

Atul Gurtu is a high energy physicist in India. He joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, in 1971, and retired in 2011 as a senior professor, after a career spanning four decades in particle physics research.

Thanu Padmanabhan
 Enrolled in Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
 19791992 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
 Occupations
 university teacherphysicistastronomer
 Biography

Thanu Padmanabhan was an Indian theoretical physicist and cosmologist whose research spanned a wide variety of topics in gravitation, structure formation in the universe and quantum gravity. He published nearly 300 papers and reviews in international journals and ten books in these areas. He made several contributions related to the analysis and modelling of dark energy in the universe and the interpretation of gravity as an emergent phenomenon. He was a Distinguished Professor at the InterUniversity Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) at Pune, India.

K. VijayRaghavan
 Years
 1954.. (age 70)
 Occupations
 biologistgeneticist
 Biography

Dr. Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan is an emeritus professor and former director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences. On 26 March 2018, the Government of India appointed him as the principal scientific adviser to succeed Dr. R Chidamabaram. His term as Principal Scientific Adviser ended on April 2, 2022. In 2012, he was elected a fellow of The Royal Society and in April 2014 he was elected as a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. He was conferred the Padma Shri on 26 January 2013 and is also a recipient of the Infosys Prize in the life sciences category in 2009.

Conjeevaram Srirangachari Seshadri
 Occupations
 professormathematician
 Biography

Conjeevaram Srirangachari Seshadri FRS was an Indian mathematician. He was the founder and directoremeritus of the Chennai Mathematical Institute, and is known for his work in algebraic geometry. The Seshadri constant is named after him. He was also known for his collaboration with mathematician M. S. Narasimhan, for their proof of the Narasimhan–Seshadri theorem which proved the necessary conditions for stable vector bundles on a Riemann surface.

Ramamurti Shankar
 Years
 1947.. (age 77)
 Occupations
 university teacherphysicist
 Biography

Ramamurti Shankar is the Josiah Willard Gibbs professor of Physics at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut.

M. S. Narasimhan
 Occupations
 mathematician
 Biography

Mudumbai Seshachalu Narasimhan FRS was an Indian mathematician. His focus areas included number theory, algebraic geometry, representation theory, and partial differential equations. He was a pioneer in the study of moduli spaces of holomorphic vector bundles on projective varieties. His work is considered the foundation for Kobayashi–Hitchin correspondence that links differential geometry and algebraic geometry of vector bundles over complex manifolds. He was also known for his collaboration with mathematician C. S. Seshadri, for their proof of the Narasimhan–Seshadri theorem which proved the necessary conditions for stable vector bundles on a Riemann surface.

Raman Parimala
 Occupations
 university teachermathematician
 Biography

Raman Parimala is an Indian mathematician known for her contributions to algebra. She is the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of mathematics at Emory University. For many years, she was a professor at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. She has been on the Mathematical Sciences jury for the Infosys Prize from 2019 and is on the Abel prize selection Committee 2021/2022.

Mangala Narlikar
 Occupations
 university teachermathematician
 Biography

Mangala Narlikar was an Indian mathematician who did research in pure mathematics as well as writing for a lay audience. After her degrees in mathematics, she initially worked at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai and later worked as a lecturer in the University of Bombay and Pune.

Sujatha Ramdorai
 Years
 1962.. (age 62)
 Occupations
 mathematician
 Biography

Sujatha Ramdorai is an algebraic number theorist known for her work on Iwasawa theory. She is a professor of mathematics and Canada Research Chair at University of British Columbia, Canada. She was previously a professor at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Madabusi Santanam Raghunathan
 Occupations
 mathematician
 Biography

Madabusi Santanam Raghunathan FRS is an Indian mathematician. He is currently Head of the National Centre for Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Formerly Professor of eminence at TIFR in Homi Bhabha Chair. Raghunathan received his PhD in Mathematics from, University of Mumbai; his advisor was M. S. Narasimhan. Raghunathan is a Fellow of the Royal Society, of the Third World Academy of Sciences, and of the American Mathematical Society and a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Bhushan. He has also been on the Mathematical Sciences jury for the Infosys Prize from 2016.

Jitendra Nath Goswami
 Occupations
 physicist
 Biography

Jitendranath Goswami is an Indian scientist from Jorhat, Assam. He was the Chief Scientist of Chandrayaan1, and was also the developer of this project. He served as a director of Physical Research Laboratory situated at Ahmadabad, Gujarat. He was also associated with Chandrayaan2 and Mangalyaan.

Obaid Siddiqi
 Occupations
 biologistgeneticist
 Biography

Obaid Siddiqi FRS was an Indian National Research Professor and the FounderDirector of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) National Center for Biological Sciences. He made seminal contributions to the field of behavioural neurogenetics using the genetics and neurobiology of Drosophila.

Dipan Ghosh
 Occupations
 physicist
 Biography

Dipan Ghosh is an Indian theoretical physicist, best known for his exact enumeration of the ground state of a Heisenberg antiferromagnet, known in literature as the Majumdar–Ghosh model, which he developed with Chanchal Kumar Majumdar.

Gopal Prasad
 Occupations
 mathematician
 Biography

Gopal Prasad is an IndianAmerican mathematician. His research interests span the fields of Lie groups, their discrete subgroups, algebraic groups, arithmetic groups, geometry of locally symmetric spaces, and representation theory of reductive padic groups.

Ramachandran Balasubramanian
 Occupations
 mathematician
 Biography

Ramachandran Balasubramanian is an Indian mathematician and was Director of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai, India. He is known for his work in number theory, which includes settling the final g(4) case of Waring's problem in 1986.

S. G. Dani
 Occupations
 mathematician
 Biography

Shrikrishna Gopalrao Dani is a professor of mathematics at the Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai who works in the broad area of ergodic theory.

Suresh Venapally
 Occupations
 mathematician
 Biography

Suresh Venepally is an Indian mathematician known for his research work in algebra. He is a professor at Emory University.

Raghavan Narasimhan
 Occupations
 university teachermathematician
 Biography

Raghavan Narasimhan was an Indian mathematician at the University of Chicago who worked on real and complex manifolds and who solved the Levi problem for complex manifolds.

Ajit Kembhavi
 Occupations
 astrophysicist
 Biography

Ajit Kembhavi is an Indian astrophysicist. He is presently a Professor Emeritus at the InterUniversity Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, (IUCAA) at Pune, India, of which he was also a founder member. He also serves as a Vice President of the International Astronomical Union. He is the Principal Investigator of Pune Knowledge Cluster along with Professor L. S. Shashidhara.

Vijay Kumar Kapahi
 Occupations
 astrophysicist
 Biography

Vijay Kumar Kapahi was an Indian astrophysicist and the director of the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, an autonomous division of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Known for his research on radio galaxies, quasars and observational cosmology, Kapahi was an elected fellow of all the three major Indian science academies – Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy and National Academy of Sciences, India – as well as of the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology for his contributions to physical sciences in 1987.

T. N. Venkataramana
 Occupations
 mathematician
 Biography

Tyakal Nanjundiah Venkataramana is an Indian mathematician who specialises in algebraic groups and automorphic forms.

Shrawan Kumar
 Years
 1953.. (age 71)
 Occupations
 university teachermathematician
 Biography

Shrawan Kumar is the John R. and Louise S. Parker distinguished professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written two books: KacMoody groups, their flag varieties, and representation theory and Frobenius splitting methods in geometry and representation theory.