Rajesh Gopakumar did his undergraduation in Physics from IIT-Kanpur and went on to do his Ph.d. at Princeton Univeristy. After a postdoc at Harvard University he moved to Harish-Chandra Research Institute in 2001 as Associate Professor and then Professor. He was also a visiting long-term member at the Insitute for Advanced Study, Princeton from 2001-2004. He is the recipient of the Wick Prize of the ICTP (2006), the S.S. Bhatnagar Award (2009) and the Swarnajayanthi Fellowship (2006). He is also a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy and the Global Young Academy.
My interests are in theoretical physics, primarily at the intersection of quantum field theory and string theory. I would like to understand why string theory is a natural framework for describing a variety of phenomena. In particular, my recent research has focussed on deciphering the AdS/CFT correspondence. I have also worked on topological string theory, non-commmutative field theories often with the recurring, unifying theme of understanding the large N limit of gauge theories.