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

List people include Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Manmohan Singh and many more.

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A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 86 Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, ...more

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Abhijit Banerjee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 57 Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is an Indian economist. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Banerjee is a co-founder ...more

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Abraham Verghese is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 63 Abraham Verghese is a physician-author, Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. ...more

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Aijaz Ahmad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Professors from India
Aijaz Ahmad is a well-known Marxist literary theorist and political commentator based in India. Born in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India just before it gained independence from British rule, ...more

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Amartya Sen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 84 Amartya Kumar Sen is a Bangladeshi-born Indian economist and philosopher, who since 1972 has taught and worked in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has made contributions to welfare ...more

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Anindya Sinha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Professors from India
Anindya Sinha is an Indian primatologist. He is a professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, India.

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Arvind Panagariya is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 65 Arvind Panagariya is the Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog of India. He is an Indian-American economist and Professor of Economics at Columbia University and an ex-Chief Economist at the Asian ...more

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Ashok Jhunjhunwala is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 64 Ashok Jhunjhunwala is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras at Chennai, India and has served as the departmental Chair. He leads the ...more

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Avinash Dixit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 73 Avinash Kamalakar Dixit is an Indian-American economist. He is currently John J. F. Sherrerd '52 University Professor of Economics Emeritus at Princeton University, Distinguished Adjunct ...more

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B. B. Bhattacharya is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 73 Professor B. B. Bhattacharya is a renowned economist and educationist from India. He was vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was also Director and Professor at the Institute of ...more

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B. A. Saletore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 61 (1902-1963) Bhaskar Anand Saletore, better known as B. A. Saletore, was a well-known Indian historian from Mangalore, Karnataka.

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Bala V. Balachandran is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 80 Bala V. Balachandran is the J. L. Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Accounting and Information Management at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Founder & Dean, ...more

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Bhargavi Rao is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 64 (1944-2008) Bhargavi Prabhanjan Rao, a Sahitya Akademi Awardee, was an eminent translator in Telugu Literature. She was actively involved in Translating various works of celebrated author and playwright ...more

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Bibek Debroy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 63 Bibek Debroy is an Indian economist. Since March 2007, he has been professor at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has also been Visiting Honorary Senior Research Fellow for Institute for ...more

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Bipan Chandra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 86 (1928-2014) Bipan Chandra was an Indian historian, specialising in economic and political history of modern India. Professor of modern history at Jawaharlal Nehru University, he specialized on the Indian ...more

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Bishnupriya Dutt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Professors from India
Bishnupriya Dutt Bishnupriya Dutt is the daughter of late Utpal Dutt.

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Brahma Chellaney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Professors from India
Brahma Chellaney is a strategic thinker, author, public intellectual and analyst of international geostrategic trends. He is respected for his depth of scholarship and for his independent mind. ...more

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Brij Kothari is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 53 Dr. Brij Kothari is an Indian academic and a social entrepreneur. He invented Same Language Subtitling on TV for mass literacy in India.

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C. K. Prahalad is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 69 (1941-2010) Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad was the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in the University of Michigan, ...more

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Deepa Kumar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 50 Deepa Kumar is an associate professor of media studies and Middle Eastern studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and Outside the Box: ...more

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Dipesh Chakrabarty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dipesh Chakrabarty is a Bengali historian who has also made contributions to postcolonial theory and subaltern studies.

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G. S. Amur is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Professors from India
G. S. Amur age 92 Gururaja Shyamacharya Amur, a professor of literature, is a contemporary writer and critic in the Kannada and English languages. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards including the ...more

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Gopi Chand Narang is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 87 Gopi Chand Narang is an Indian theorist, literary critic and scholar who writes in Urdu and English. His Urdu literary criticism has incorporated a range of modern theoretical frameworks ...more

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Gunvant Shah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 81 Gunvant Shah, also known as Dr. Gunvant B. Shah, is a noted thinker, writer and columnist. He is the recipient of Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 1997, founded by Gujarat Sahitya Sabha and ...more

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Homi K. Bhabha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 69 Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Language, and the Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard University. He is one of the most ...more

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Irfan Habib is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 87 Irfan Habib is an Indian historian of ancient and medieval India, following the approach of Marxist historiography. He is well known for his strong stance against Hindu and Islamic ...more

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Jagdish Bhagwati is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 83 Jagdish Natwarlal Bhagwati is an India-born, naturalized American economist. He is a professor of economics and law at Columbia University. Bhagwati is notable for his researches in ...more

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Jayati Ghosh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 63 Jayati Ghosh is left leaning economist. She is now Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New ...more

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Jean Drèze is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 59 Jean Drèze is a development economist who has been influential in Indian economic policymaking. He is a naturalized Indian of Belgian origin. His work in India include issues like hunger, ...more

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John C. Jacob is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 72 (1936-2008) John C Jacob was one of the pioneers of the environmental movement in Kerala, India. Jacob was born at Nattakam in Kottayam. He earned a degree in zoology from Madras Christian College, after ...more

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K. A. Nilakanta Sastri is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 83 (1892-1975) Kallidaikurichi Aiyah Nilakanta Sastri was an Indian historian who wrote on South Indian history. Many of his books form the standard reference works on the subject. Sastri was acclaimed for his ...more

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K. G. Naik is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Professors from India
K. G. Naik Dec. at 75 (1932-2007)

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Kaushik Basu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 66 Kaushik Basu, is an Indian economist and academic who is Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. He is on leave from Cornell University where he is the C. Marks Professor of ...more

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Kumar Vishwas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 48 Kumar Vishwas is a Hindi-language performance poet and an Indian politician and National Executive of Aam Aadmi Party.

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M. Chidananda Murthy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 86 M. Chidananda Murthy is a Kannada writer, researcher and historian. He is a well-known scholar in Karnataka specializing in the history of Kannada language and ancient Karnataka. He is also ...more

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Madhav Gadgil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Professors from India
Madhav Gadgil age 76 Madhav Gadgil is an Indian ecologist.

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Mahmood Mamdani is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 71 Professor Mahmood Mamdani is a Ugandan academic, author and political commentator. He is the Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research, the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at ...more

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Makarand Paranjape is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 57 Makarand Paranjape is an Indian poet and professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.

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Mamoni Raisom Goswami is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 69 (1942-2011) Indira Goswami was a writer.

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Manil Suri is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 58 Manil Suri is an Indian-American mathematician and writer of a trilogy of novels all named for Hindu gods. His first novel, The Death of Vishnu, which was long-listed for the 2001 Booker Prize, ...more

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Manju Jaidka is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 65 Manju Jaidka is a Professor of English at the Panjab University, Chandigarh, in India. She is regarded as a leading Indian academic, best known for her contribution to Twentieth-Century English ...more

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Manmohan Singh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 85 Manmohan Singh is an Indian economist who served as the 14th Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. The first Sikh in office, Singh was the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be ...more

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Mohitlal Majumdar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 64 (1888-1952) Mohitlal Majumdar, a renowned Bengali author, was born at Kanchrapara village in Nadia district, India. Mohitlal started as a poet, but later became better known as a literary critic.

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Muhammad Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 61 (1877-1938) Sir Muhammad Iqbal, widely known as Allama Iqbal, was an academic, poet, barrister, philosopher, scholar mystic and politician in British India, who is widely regarded as having inspired the ...more

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Mushirul Hasan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Professors from India
Mushirul Hasan age 68 Professor Mushirul Hasan is the second son of noted historian and professor Muhibbul Hasan. He originally belongs to village Muhammadpur, Tehsil Fatehpur, District Barabanki and is an ...more

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Nitin Nohria is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Professors from India
age 56 Nitin Nohria is the 10th and the current dean of Harvard Business School. He is also the George F. Baker Professor of Administration. He previously served as co-chair of the HBS Leadership ...more

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P. Gururaja Bhat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Professors from India
P. Gururaja Bhat Dec. at 54 (1924-1978) Dr. Paduru Gururaja Bhat was a teacher and pioneering historian and archaeologist of Tulu Nadu, and of Barkur, the ancient capital of the Tulu kingdom. He was born in the Paduru village of Udupi ...more

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Papiya Ghosh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 53 (1953-2006) Papiya Ghosh was a historian of South Asian history and a professor of the University of Patna, India. She was found murdered 3 December 2006, along with her elderly housemaid, Malti Devi, ...more

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Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 79 (1893-1972) Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis FRS was an Indian scientist and applied statistician. He is best remembered for the Mahalanobis distance, a statistical measure. He made pioneering studies in ...more

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Premendra Mitra is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Professors from India
Dec. at 84 (1904-1988) Premendra Mitra was a renowned Bengali poet, novelist, short story and thrillers writer and film director. He was also Bengal's most famous practitioners of science fiction in its own language. ...more