Srinath Raghavan wins Infosys Prize

Philosophy scholar Jonardon Ganeri among this year’s prestigious prize

GN Bureau | November 16, 2015

Noted strategic affairs expert Dr Srinath Raghavan is among the six scholars named for the famed Infosys Prize for 2015.

Dr Raghavan, senior fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, “is awarded for outstanding research that synthesizes military history, international politics, and strategic analysis into powerful and imaginative perspectives on India in global context”, the Infosys Science Foundation said in a press release today.

Raghavan is a well known columnist too, and has frequently contributed to Governance Now. (To read his columns, see here)

The other scholars chosen for the honour are:

Engineering and Computer Science
Prof. Umesh Waghmare,
Professor – Theoretical Sciences Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore, India is awarded for his innovative use of first-principles theories and modeling in insightful investigations of microscopic mechanisms responsible for specific properties of certain materials such as topological insulators, ferroelectrics, multiferroics and graphene.

Prof. Jonardon Ganeri,
Global Network Visiting Professor of Philosophy, New York University and Recurrent Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, King’s College London, UK is awarded for his outstanding scholarship and originality in interpreting and scrutinizing analytical Indian Philosophy and shedding light on shared ground as well as the dichotomy between Indian and Greek traditions of philosophical reasoning.

Life Sciences
Dr. Amit Sharma,
Group Leader, Structural and Computational Biology Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, India is awarded for his pioneering contributions towards deciphering the molecular structure, at the atomic level, of key proteins involved in the biology of pathogenesis of the deadly malarial parasite.

Mathematical Sciences
Prof. Mahan Maharaj,
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Belur Math, Howrah, India is awarded for his contributions to geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology and complex geometry. In particular, Prof. established a central conjecture in the Thurston program to study hyperbolic 3-manifolds and introduced important new tools to study fundamental groups of complex manifolds

Physical Sciences
Prof. G Ravindra Kumar,
Professor in the Department of Nuclear and Atomic Physics (DNAP), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, India is awarded for his pioneering experimental contributions to the physics of high intensity laser matter interactions. In particular for providing, for the first time, unequivocal evidence of turbulent magnetic fields and the discovery of terahertz frequency acoustic waves, in laser produced hot dense plasmas. These results have significance to testing stellar and astrophysical scenarios.



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