Thanu Padmanabhan is an Indian theoretical physicist and Cosmologist who has researched on the subjects, Gravitation, Structure formation in the universe and Quantum Gravity. He has published 10 books till now and has also written 230 papers and reviews in international journals based on his researches. He is currently Distinguished Professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Pune. Padmanabhan has received several national and international awards including Padmashree, Young Scientist Award in 1984, Al-Khwarizmi International Award, G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research, Infosys Science Foundation Prize for Physical Sciences, Miegunah Fellowship Award from University of Melbourne, INSA Vainu Bappu Gold Medal, The Millennium Medal (CSIR, 2000), Third World Academy of Sciences Prize in Physics and Homi Bhabha Fellowship.
Thanu was born on 10 March 1957 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. His schooling was done at capital city. He earned his B.Sc. (1977) and M.Sc. (1979) in Physics from Kerala University Thiruvananthapuram, securing Gold Medals. He published his first research paper at the age of 20. The subject was general relativity. He joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai in 1979 for his Ph.D and later joined there as faculty. In 1986-87 he worked at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. He moved to IUCAA in 1992. He became dean in Core Academic Programmes and currently holds the same position.
A few of the technical books published by Thanu include – Structure formation in Universe, Gravitation: Foundations and Frontiers, Gravity, Gauge Theories and Quantum Cosmology and Cosmology and Astrophysics through Problems. He has also published Theoretical Astrophysics in three volumes related to the subjects – Astrophysical processes, Stars and stellar system and Galaxies and Cosmology. He has also published several review articles and research works. His popular science books are Quantum Themes: The Charms of the Microworld and After the First Three Minutes - The Story of Our Universe.
Updated: February 18, 2014