Chittenipattu Puthenveettil Rajendran

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Chittenipattu Puthenveettil Rajendran

Born:29 May 1955

  • He also known among his peers as CP , is an Indian geologist who has worked mainly in paleoseismology and Indian geology.
  • He moved back to Centre for Earth Science Studies, Trivandrum in 1994 where he continued till 2008.
  • He accepted Ramanujan National Fellowship by the Government of India at the Indian Institute of Science in 2009 and now works at the new centre initiated on Earth Science there.
  • He is married to Prof. Kusala Rajendran, currently in the faculty at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
  • He is one of India’s foremost expert in paleoseismology.
  • He has contributed to the development of this field for the last three decades by his research contributions in seismo-tectonics, earthquake geology, paleoseismology, and tsunami geology in India.
  • His efforts have provided insights into the earthquake recurrence and fault zone deformation in various seismotectonic provinces of India.
  • He initiated paleoseismological work at various parts of the country including Killari (Latur),Kerala, Rann of Kachchh, Saurashtra, Cambay, Panvel (Maharashtra), Assam,Central Himalaya and Andaman-Nicobar region.
  • His work prior to 2001 Gujarat earthquake on the 1819 Rann of Kutch earthquake and the linear elevated tract of land called “Allahbund” in the low-lying Rann in the northwest India has led to basic understanding on earthquake processes in the north western part of India.
  • He was awarded the National Geoscience Award in 2009 by the Government of India for his contributions in the field of disaster management.

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