Born: 16 September 1963
- He is an Indian theoretical physicist.
- He is currently the Director of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) with the rank of Assistant Director-General, UNESCO.
- Prior to that, he was head of ICTP’s High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics section, and also Directeur de Recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) at Sorbonne University in the “Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Hautes Énergies” (LPTHE).
- Well known for his research on string theory, black holes and quantum gravity, he is an elected fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences.
- The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, the highest Indian science prize awarded by the Prime Minister of India, for his contributions to physical sciences in 2006.
- He was awarded the Chaire d’Excellence of the Agence Nationale de la Recherche in France in 2007.
- He is also a recipient of the National Leadership Award from the President of India in 2008.
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September 16, 2020