George Ellery Hale Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences, Caltech
Prof. Shrinivas 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 for showing that gamma-ray bursts are of extragalactic origin. Prof. Kulkarni is known for his innovation in the emerging field of Time Domain Astronomy through the highly successful Palomar Transient Factory and the Zwicky Transient Facility. From 2006 to 2018, Prof. Shrinivas Kulkarni served as the Director of the Caltech Optical Observatories (which include the Palomar Observatory and the W. M. Keck Observatory).
Shrinivas Kulkarni’s 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.