Sankar Das Sarma is the Richard E. Prange Chair in Physics and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland in College Park, USA. He is also a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute and the Director of the Condensed Matter Theory Center at Maryland. Das Sarma received his PhD from Brown University in 1979, and has been a faculty member at Maryland since 1980. His undergarduate degree is from Presidency College in Calcutta (Kolkata), India where he was born.
Das Sarma's research interests are the quantum theory of matter, statistical mechanics, and quantum information. His publications and expertise are broad, ranging over topics as disparate as emergent collective behavior of many – body interacting quantum systems, topological quantum computation, fluctuations in financial markets, physics of high-speed tansistors, and exotic quantum properties of solids and atoms at ultra-low temperatures and in ultra-high magnetic fields.