K. R. Parthasarathy

K. R. Parthasarathy

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K. R. Parthasarathy Profile

  • Name:
  • K. R. Parthasarathy
  • Other Name:
  • Kalyanapuram Rangachari Parthasarathy
  • Born:
  • June 25, 1936

K. R. Parthasarathy Biography

K. R. Parthasarathy is a very famous and talented mathematician, scientist and probabilist from Chennai. He currently serves as professor emeritus at the Indian Statistical Institute and is a pioneer of quantum stochastic calculus. He is a recipient of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in Mathematical Science in 1977 and the TWAS Prize in 1996. Apart from elite universities of India, he owns an academic career in Steklov Mathematical Institute, USSR Academy of Sciences; University of Sheffield (1964–68), University of Manchester (1968-70), University of Nottingham etc.


Kalyanapuram Rangachari Parthasarathy, shortly called K. R. Parthasarathy was born on 25 June 1936 in Chennai, British India. He completed his graduation in Mathematics from Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, and earned his Ph. D from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata in 1962. He did his research work under the guidance of C. R. Rao. He was one among the ‘Famous Four’ mathematicians in ISI during 1956-1963. After completing his studies, he started his career as a lecturer. He joined as a lecturer at Steklov Mathematical Institute, USSR Academy of Sciences in 1962 and moved to University of Sheffield in 1964, University of Manchester in 1968 and finally to University of Nottingham in 1970.


While working at University of Nottingham in the early 1970s, he got opportunity to collaborate with Robin Lyth Hudson and together worked in quantum stochastic calculus giving significant contributions to this field. Once he returned to India in the mid-1970s, he joined Bombay University. He also worked in Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and finally settled with Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi Centre in 1976 where he worked for next 2 decades. Famous Indian mathematician of today, Rajendra Bhatia completed his Ph. D research work under the guidance of K. R. Parthasarathy. His name has been used in Kostant–Parthasarathy–Ranga Rao–Varadarajan determinants, alongside three mathematicians.  

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Updated: November 27, 2017


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