Famous Chemists from India

List of notable or famous chemists from India, with bios and photos, including the top chemists born in India and even some popular chemists who immigrated to India. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian chemists then this list is the perfect resource for you. Here are also famous Indian computer scientists and famous Indian engineers. These chemists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known chemist from India is included when available.

Everyone from Debashis Mukherjee to Animesh Chakravorty is included on this list of famous Indian chemistry scientists.

This historic chemists from India list can help answer the questions "Who are some Indian chemists of note?" and "Who are the most famous chemists from India?" These prominent chemists of India may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Indian chemists.

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  • Animesh Chakravorty
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    Animesh Chakraborty FNA, FASc (born 30 June 1935) is a Bengali Indian academic and a professor of chemistry. In 1975, he was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in chemistry by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Kolkata, India
  • Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao FRS, also known as C. N. R. Rao (born 30 June 1934), is an Indian chemist who has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry. He currently serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. Rao has honorary doctorates from 60 universities from around the world, and has authored around 1,600 research publications and 51 books.On 16 November 2013, the Government of India announced his selection for Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, making him the third scientist after C.V. Raman and A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to receive the award. He was conferred the award on 4 February 2014 by President Pranab ...more
    • Age: 88
    • Birthplace: Bangalore, India
  • Debashis Mukherjee
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    Debashis Mukherjee is a theoretical chemist, well known for his research in the fields of molecular many body theory, theoretical spectroscopy, finite temperature non-perturbative many body theories. Mukherjee has been the first to develop and implement a class of many-body methods for electronic structure which are now standard works in the field. These methods, collectively called multireference coupled cluster formalisms, are versatile and powerful methods for predicting with quantitative accuracy the energetics and cross-sections of a vast range of molecular excitations and ionization. A long-standing problem of guaranteeing proper scaling of energy for many electron wave-functions of ...more
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Naihati, India
  • Garikapati Narahari Sastry
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    Garikapati Narahari Sastry

    Garikapati Narahari Sastry is an Indian chemist. He heads the Molecular Modeling Division at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad, India. Sastry has made pioneeing contributions in the areas of computational chemistry and computational biology. He was awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in 2011, the highest science award in India, in the chemical sciences category.
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Gautam Radhakrishna Desiraju is an Indian chemist who has contributed substantially to the themes of crystal engineering and weak hydrogen bonding. He has authored books on these subjects. He has co-authored a textbook in crystal engineering (2011). He is one of the most highly cited Indian scientists and has been recognised by awards such as the Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis, the ISA Medal for Science 2018 of the University of Bologna and the TWAS Prize in Chemistry. He served as President of the International Union of Crystallography for the triennium 2011–2014.
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
  • Keki Hormusji Gharda
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    Dr Keki Hormusji Gharda (born 25 September 1929) is a prominent Indian chemical engineer, chemist and entrepreneur. He is the founder, chairman and managing director of Gharda Chemicals Limited, a R&D-based company with business interests in agrochemicals, polymers and is actively pursuing an entry in the market for high performance pigments. He was honoured by the Government of India with the award of Padma Shri in 2016.Keki Gharda attended St. Stanislaus High School, in Bandra, Bombay and still lives nearby. He acquired a Bachelor of Science Degree from University Department of Chemical Technology at the University of Bombay (now the Institute of Chemical Technology). He then obtained ...more
    • Age: 93