V. Balakrishnan joined the Indian Institute of Technology Madras as a professor of physics in 1980, and retired as Professor Emeritus in 2013. He was educated at the University of Delhi and Brandeis University, USA, from where he got his PhD in theoretical particle physics in 1970. He joined IIT Madras after working for a decade at TIFR (Mumbai) and RRC, DAE (Kalpakkam). His research interests have spanned many areas over the years, including particle physics, many-body theory, condensed matter physics, stochastic processes, quantum dynamics, nonlinear dynamics and chaos. He has published numerous research papers in these areas and a number of popular pedagogic articles. Over nearly four decades, Dr. Balakrishnan has taught a wide variety of extremely popular courses at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels, comprising all the standard subjects in physics, as well as some new, non-traditional ones. He has received high accolades for his teaching at IIT Madras.
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