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Shobhana Narasimhan: Academic Profile



  • B.Sc., St. Xavier's College, University of Bombay, India, 1983
  • M.Sc., Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, 1985
  • A.M., Harvard University, U.S.A., 1988
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, U.S.A., 1991 (advisor: David Vanderbilt)

Research Experience

  • 1996 - present
    Faculty member (currently Professor)
    Theoretical Sciences Unit
    Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
    Bangalore, India
  • 2008 - 2012 Chairperson, Theoretical Sciences Unit, JNCASR, Bangalore, India
  • 1994 - 1996
    Visiting Scientist (Max Planck Fellow)
    Fritz-Haber-Institut of the Max Planck Society
    Berlin, Germany
    (working with Matthias Scheffler)
  • 1991 - 1994
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Condensed Matter Theory Group
    Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA
    (working with James W. Davenport)

Visiting Positions

  • 2009, 2008, 2001, 1999
    Visiting Scientist
    Max Planck Institut fuer Metallforschung
    Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2007
    Visiting Scientist
    Max Planck Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung
    Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1999-2007
    Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
    Trieste, Italy
  • 2004
    Visiting Professor
    University of Paris 7 (Denis Diderot)
    Paris, France
  • 2004-2005
    Visiting Scientist

    Department of Chemistry
    University of Cambridge, U.K.

Awards and Recognitions

  •  Fellow, National Academy of Sciences of India, 2011.

  •  Stree Shakti Samman Science Award, 2010.

  • Kalpana Chawla Woman Scientist Award of the Government of Karnataka, 2010.

  • International Union of Materials Research Societies Young Research Award, 1998.

  • Materials Research Society of India medal, 2001.

  • Institute Silver Medal, IIT Bombay, 1985.

  • Several University Prizes, University of Bombay, 1981-1983, including standing first among Science students, 1981.

  • Several College Prizes, including those for standing first in the College every year between 1978 and 1983, and the Aguiar Prize for the Best All Round Student, St. Xavier's College, Bombay.


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