PEOPLE Faculty
Founding Director and Infosys Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru
Area of Research:  String Theory, Quantum Gravity, Statistical Mechanics
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Spenta Wadia’s main research interests are in quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, string theory and quantum gravity. There is considerable overlap of these areas in light of the gauge-gravity duality of string theory. His other scientific interests are in complex systems including cross-disciplinary biology.


Doctor of Philosophy, City University of New York, 1978; mentor: Bunji Sakita

Master of Science, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1973

Bachelor of Science, St. Xavier’s College, University of Bombay, 1971


KITP Simons Distinguished Visiting Scientist, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, Italy) Physics Prize, 2004; Steven Weinberg Prize of ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy) 1995; J. C. Bose National Fellow, Govt of India 2006-2011; 2011-16; Distinguished Alumnus, St. Xavier’s College, Bombay University, 2009; TIFR Alumni Association Excellence Award 2016

Membership: International Science Council (ISC) of ICTP-AP, affiliated to the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS); the Indian National Science Academy, Delhi; the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy; New York Academy of Sciences, New York, USA


Aug. 2015 – July 2019: Professor Emeritus, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS-TIFR), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India

Oct. 2007 – July 2015: (Founding) Director, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS-TIFR), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India

Aug. 2008 – July 2015: Distinguished Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India

Oct. 1982 – July 2015: Member of Natural Sciences Faculty, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India

Aug. 1980 – May 1982: Staff Scientist, University of Chicago, USA

Aug. 1978 – July 1980: Postdoctoral fellow, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, USA; mentors: Yoichiro Nambu and Leo Kadanoff

  • Space-time and Gravity: From Newton to Hawking and Beyond  | ICTS Einstein Lecture |  Assam University, Silchar  | 08 October 2018 | PDF
  • Curiosity Driven Research, India Philanthropy Initiative Meeting | ICTS-TIFR | 18 August 2018 | PDF
  • Introducing the ICTS Kosambi Lectures and D. D. Kosambi | ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru | 24 May 2018 | PDF | Video
  • Banquet speech on the occasion of ICTS at Ten: The Road ICTS Travelled | ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru | 5 January 2018 | PDF | Video
  • The End of Space-time and BeyondICTS Einstein Lecture at Christ University, Bengaluru | 2 December 2016 | PDF | Video
  • Prelude to the Film on Dr Homi Bhabha | India International Centre, Delhi | 20 May 2016 | PDF
  • 100 Years of General Relativity: Albert Einstein's Revolution in Physics | Public Lecture at Ruia College, Mumbai | 30 November 2015 | PDF | Video
  • String Theory and the Hidden Structure of Space-time | TEDx talk at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai | 8 February 2015 | PDF | Video
  • The End of Space‐Time and Beyond | Foundation Day, IIT Bombay | 10 March 2014 | PDF
  • Higgs Discovery and Particle Physics | LVPEI Hyderabad | 31 August 2012 | PDF
  • Development of Research in India: Broad Framework | Planning Commission - British Council, Pune | 24 February 2012 | PDF
  • The Maldacena Duality Conjecture and Applications | Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Lecture, IIT Kanpur | 30 January 2010 | PDF
  • Colloquium on 'Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking' (Nambu Nobel Prize) | PDF