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

Famous Indian people of physics include everyone from Homi J. Bhabha to Jayant Narlikar.

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

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A. P. Balachandran is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicists from India
A. P. Balachandran age 80 Aiyalam Parameswaran Balachandran is an Indian theoretical physicist well known for his extensive contributions to the role of classical topology in quantum physics. He has been the Joel Dorman ...more

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Abhas Mitra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Abhas Mitra age 62 Abhas Mitra is an Indian astrophysicist best known for his distinct views on several front-line astrophysics concepts, particularly black holes and Big Bang Cosmology. His research has received ...more

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Abhay Ashtekar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Abhay Ashtekar age 68 Abhay Vasant Ashtekar is an Indian theoretical physicist. He is the Eberly Professor of Physics and the Director of the Institute for Gravitational Physics and Geometry at Pennsylvania State ...more

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Ajoy Ghatak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Ajoy Ghatak age 78 Ajoy Ghatak is an Indian physicist and author of physics textbooks. Professor Ghatak has written over 170 research papers and more than 20 books. His undergraduate text on Optics has been ...more

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Arun K. Pati is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Arun K. Pati Arun Kumar Pati is an Indian physicist notable for his research in quantum information and computation, the theory of geometric phases and its applications, and the foundations of quantum ...more

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Ashoke Sen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Ashoke Sen age 62 Ashoke Sen, FRS is an Indian theoretical physicist and distinguished professor at the Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad. He also is the Morningstar Visiting professor at MIT. His main ...more

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C. V. Raman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Physicists from India
C. V. Raman Died at 82 (1888-1970) Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, FRS was an Indian physicist, born in the former Madras Province, whose ground breaking work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for ...more

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Debabrata Goswami is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Physicists from India

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E. C. George Sudarshan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Physicists from India
E. C. George Sudarshan age 86 Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan is an Indian theoretical physicist and a professor at the University of Texas. Sudarshan has been credited with numerous contributions to the field of ...more

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G. N. Ramachandran is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Physicists from India
G. N. Ramachandran Died at 79 (1922-2001) Gopalasamudram Narayana Iyer Ramachandran, or G.N. Ramachandran, was an Indian physicist who was known for his work that led to his creation of the Ramachandran plot for understanding peptide ...more

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Harish-Chandra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Harish-Chandra Died at 60 (1923-1983) Harish-Chandra FRS was an Indian American mathematician and physicist who did fundamental work in representation theory, especially harmonic analysis on semisimple Lie groups.

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Homi J. Bhabha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Homi J. Bhabha Died at 57 (1909-1966) Homi Jehangir Bhabha, FRS was an Indian nuclear physicist, founding director, and professor of physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Colloquially known as "father of Indian ...more

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Jagadish Chandra Bose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Jagadish Chandra Bose Died at 79 (1858-1937) Jagadish Chandra Bose, CSI, CIE, FRS was a Bengali polymath, physicist, biologist, botanist, archaeologist, as well as an early writer of science fiction. He pioneered the investigation of radio ...more

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Jayant Narlikar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Jayant Narlikar age 79 Jayant Vishnu Narlikar is an Indian astrophysicist. Narlikar is a proponent of steady state cosmology. He developed with Sir Fred Hoyle the conformal gravity theory, commonly known as ...more

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Kariamanickam Srinivasa Krishn... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Kariamanickam Srinivasa Krishnan Died at 63 (1898-1961) Padma Bhushan Sir Kariamanickam Srinivasa Krishnan, FRS, was an Indian physicist. He was a co-discoverer of Raman scattering, for which his mentor C. V. Raman was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in ...more

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M. G. K. Menon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Physicists from India
M. G. K. Menon age 89 Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon, FRS, also known as M. G. K. Menon, is a physicist and policy maker from India. He has had a prominent role in the development of science and technology in ...more

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Meghnad Saha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Meghnad Saha Died at 63 (1893-1956) Meghnad Saha FRS was an Indian astrophysicist best known for his development of the Saha equation, used to describe chemical and physical conditions in stars.

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Narasimhaiengar Mukunda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Narasimhaiengar Mukunda Narasimhaiengar Mukunda is a prominent Indian theoretical physicist. He works as a senior professor at Centre for High Energy Physics, IISc, Bangalore. He is also an honorary professor at ...more

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Narinder Singh Kapany is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Narinder Singh Kapany age 91 Narinder Singh Kapany FREng born 31 October 1926 in Moga, Punjab, India, is an Indian-born American physicist known for his work in fibre optics. He was named as one of the seven 'Unsung Heroes' ...more

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Nishtala Appala Narasimham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Nishtala Appala Narasimham age 95 Prof. Nishtala Appala Narasimham, shortly N. A. Narasimham M.Sc., Ph.D. was an Indian physicist and eminent Spectroscopist. He was born at Parlakimidi on 15 August 1922. He was graduated in ...more

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Piara Singh Gill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Piara Singh Gill Died at 91 (1911-2002) Piara Singh Gill was an Indian nuclear physicist who was a pioneer in cosmic ray nuclear physics and worked on the American Manhattan project. He was the first Director of Central Scientific ...more

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Predhiman Krishan Kaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Predhiman Krishan Kaw age 70 Predhiman Krishan Kaw is an Indian plasma physicist. He has been the founding director of the Institute for Plasma Research and served the institute as the director from 1986 to 2012. He was ...more

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Pucadyil Ittoop John is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Pucadyil Ittoop John Professor P. I. John is a prominent Indian plasma physicist. He occupies the Meghnad Saha Chair in Plasma Science and Technology at the Institute for Plasma Research. After completing his Ph.D. ...more

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Raja Ramanna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Raja Ramanna Died at 79 (1925-2004) Raja Ramanna was an Indian nuclear scientist, best known for his leadership directing the research integral for the development of Indian nuclear programme in its early stages. Having started ...more

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Rajaram Nityananda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Rajaram Nityananda age 70 Rajaram Nityananda is an Indian physicist who works on Astronomical Optics, Image Processing & Gravitational Dynamics. He was formerly the Director of the National Centre for Radio ...more

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Rajesh Gopakumar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Rajesh Gopakumar age 50 Rajesh Gopakumar is a theoretical physicist at the Harish-Chandra Research Institute in Allahabad, India. He is known for his work on topological string theory.

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Rajnath Singh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Rajnath Singh age 66 Rajnath Singh is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party who currently serves as the Home Minister in the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. He previously served as the ...more

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Ramanuja Vijayaraghavan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Ramanuja Vijayaraghavan age 87 Ramanuja Vijayaraghavan is an Indian physicist, specializing in condensed matter physics. Vijayaraghavan pioneered active research in the areas of metal physics, magnetic resonance in ...more

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R. S. Krishnan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Physicists from India
R. S. Krishnan Died at 88 (1911-1999) Rappal Sangameswaraier Krishnan was an Indian scientist and researcher. After obtaining a M.A. and a D.Sc. from the University of Madras, Krishnan became a researcher at Cavendish Laboratory of ...more

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Ravi Grover is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Ravi Grover age 69 Dr. Ravi B. Grover is an Indian nuclear scientist and a mechanical engineer from the prestigious Delhi College of Engineering, and a PhD from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is the ...more

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Samad Rizvi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Samad Rizvi Died at 85 (1924-2009) Syed Samad Hussain Rizvi was an astrologer.

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Satyendra Nath Bose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Satyendra Nath Bose Died at 80 (1894-1974) Satyendra Nath Bose, FRS was a Bengali physicist specialising in mathematical physics. He is best known for his work on quantum mechanics in the early 1920s, providing the foundation for ...more

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Shiraz Minwalla is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Shiraz Minwalla age 45 Shiraz Naval Minwalla is an Indian theoretical physicist and string theorist. He is a faculty member in the Department of Theoretical Physics at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. ...more

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Sisir Kumar Mitra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Sisir Kumar Mitra Died at 73 (1890-1963) Sisir Kumar Mitra was an Indian Bengali physicist.

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Somnath Bharadwaj is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Somnath Bharadwaj age 53 Somnath Bharadwaj is an Indian theoretical physicist who works on Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology. Bharadwaj was born in India, studied at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, ...more

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Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Died at 85 (1910-1995) Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, FRS, was an Indian American astrophysicist born in Lahore, Punjab. Chandrasekhar was awarded, along with William A. Fowler, the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physics, with ...more

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Tathagat Avatar Tulsi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Tathagat Avatar Tulsi age 30 Tathagat Avatar Tulsi is an Indian physicist, best known as a child prodigy. He completed high school at the age of 9, earned a B.Sc. at the age of 10 and a M.Sc. at the age of 12 from Patna ...more

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Thanu Padmanabhan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Thanu Padmanabhan age 61 Thanu Padmanabhan is an Indian theoretical physicist and Cosmologist whose research spans a wide variety of topics in Gravitation, Structure formation in the universe and Quantum Gravity. He has ...more

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Udupi Ramachandra Rao is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Udupi Ramachandra Rao age 86 Udupi Ramachandra Rao, popularly known as U. R. Rao is a space scientist and former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation. Presently he is the Chairman of the Governing Council of ...more

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V. Balakrishnan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Physicists from India
V. Balakrishnan age 75 V. Balakrishnan is an Indian theoretical physicist who has worked in a number of fields of areas, including particle physics, many-body theory, the mechanical behavior of solids, dynamical ...more

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Vandana Shiva is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Vandana Shiva age 65 Vandana Shiva is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than 20 books. She received her PhD from the University of ...more

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Vijay Raghunath Pandharipande is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Vijay Raghunath Pandharipande Died at 66 (1940-2006) Vijay Raghunath Pandharipande was an Indian-American physicist, who played a leading role in the development of the nuclear many-body problem.

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Vikram Sarabhai is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Vikram Sarabhai Died at 52 (1919-1971) Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai was an Indian physicist. He is considered the father of India's space programme.

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Yash Pal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Physicists from India
Yash Pal age 91 Yash Pal is an Indian scientist and educator. He is known for his contributions to the study of cosmic rays, as well as for being an institution-builder. In his later years, he has become one of ...more