Kaushik Basu

Prof. Shrinivas Kulkarni

George Ellery Hale Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA

Prof. Shrinivas Kulkarni is the Director of the Caltech Optical Observatories (which include the Palomar Observatory and the W. M. Keck Observatory). Prof. Kulkarni' s primary interests are the study of cosmic explosions, neutron stars and developing new methodologies for astronomical research. He is known for the discovery of the first millisecond pulsar, the first brown dwarf and showing that gamma-ray bursts are of extra-galactic origin. His notable awards include the Alan T. Waterman Prize of the US National Science Foundation, the Helen B. Warner award of the American Astronomical Society and the Jansky Prize of Associated Universities, Inc. Prof. Kulkarni is a fellow of several learned societies: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994), Fellow of the Royal Society of London (2001), Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2003), Honorary Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences (2011), and Foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2016). In 2017, he won the Dan David Prize for his contribution to the emerging field of Time Domain Astronomy.