Tiruppattur Venkatachalamurti Ramakrishnan FRS (born 14 August 1941) is an Indian theoretical physicist known for his contributions in condensed matter physics. He is at present DAE Homi Bhabha Professor of Physics at Benaras Hindu University and also the Chancellor of Tripura University. He was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1983, TWAS Prize in 1990[1] and the Padma Shri in 2001.[2][3]


Tiruppattur Venkatachalamurti Ramakrishnan was born on 14 August 1941 in Madras, Tamil Nadu. He completed his B.Sc (Hons.) and M.Sc in Physics from Banaras Hindu University in 1959 and 1961. He then worked as a CSIR Research Fellow at Banaras Hindu University from 1961 to 1962. He later completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1966.[4] He started his professional career as lecturer in the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He shifted to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1986 where he continued till 2003.

Ramakrishnan has made seminal contributions to the scaling theory of electron localization.[5] He has made contributions to the theory of liquid to solid transition and of mixed valence systems.

Awards and honours

Ramakrishnan was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2000.[6] His certificate of election reads:


  1. ^ "Prizes and Awards". The World Academy of Sciences. 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bhatnagar Award in Physical Sciences". CSIR. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Padma Awards Directory" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 5 July 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Curriculum Vitae of T. V. Ramakrishnan". Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 673 (1979): Scaling Theory of Localization: Absence of Quantum Diffusion in Two Dimensions". 
  6. ^ "Tiruppattur Ramakrishnan". London: Royal Society.  One or more of the preceding sentences may incorporate text from the royalsociety.org website where "all text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." "Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "EC/2000/30: Ramakrishnan, Tiruppattur Venkatachalamurti". The Royal Society. Retrieved 20 March 2016.