PEOPLE Faculty
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, 2018-2019

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


The Indian National Science Academy, Delhi

The National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy

New York Academy of Sciences, New York, USA

Long Term Visits

Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 1990-92

Scientific Associate, Theory Division, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, 1996-97

Scientific Associate, Theory Division, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, 2003-04


Aug. 2017 – : Infosys Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru, India

Aug. 2015 – : Professor Emeritus, ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru, India

Oct. 2007 – July 2015: Founding Director, ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru, India

Aug. 2008 – July 2015: Distinguished Professor, TIFR, Mumbai, India

2007 - 2009: Chair, Department of Theoretical Physics, TIFR, Mumbai, India

Oct. 1982 – July 2015: Member of Natural Sciences Faculty, TIFR, 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

  • Curiosity Driven Pure and Applied Research | BeST Cluster Meeting for Social Impact | 19 August 2021 | PDF 
  • Quantization and Topological Aspects of Renormalization Group Flows in 2-dim Quantum Field Theory | Infosys Chandrasekharan Random Geometry Colloquium | Dedicated to the Memory of Miguel Angel Virasoro (1940-2021) | 26 July 2021 | PDF 
  • National Research Foundation of India | India’s National Education Policy (HE) Seminar | University College London | 29 June 2021 | PDF 
  • Memories of Govind Swarup, the pioneer of radio astronomy in India | 09 September 2020 | PDF  | Video
  • Black holes: Beacons in our search for a quantum theory of space-time | Diamond Jubilee Memorial Lecture | Dayal Bagh Educational Institute | 29 February 2020 | PDF
  • Black holes: beacons in our search for a quantum theory of space-time | India Science Festival, IISER Pune | 11-12 January 2020 | PDF
  • Why do we need a Quantum Theory of Gravity? | IISER Thiruvananthapuram | 20 October 2019 | PDF
  • Why do we need a Quantum Theory of Gravity? | Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi | 17 October 2019 | PDF
  • Why do we need a Quantum Theory of Gravity? | BHU, Varanasi | 8 March 2019 | PDF
  • 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
  • Chair, Advisory Board, Bengaluru S&T (BeST) Cluster
  • Member, Committee for Mega Sciences Vision 2035, Govt of India
  • Member, Mega Sciences Theme Group for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020, Govt of India
  • Member, American Physical Society (APS) Committee on International Scientific Affairs, 2020-2022
  • Member, International Science Council of ICTP-AP, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) 2018-
  • Member, International Advisory Committee (IAC) of the International Institute of Physics (IIP) in Natal, Brazil, 2017-
  • Member, Science Council of Asia Pacific Centre for Theoretical Physics (APCTP), S. Korea, 2010-2018
  • Member, Physical Sciences Jury Panel, Infosys Science Foundation Prize for Physical Sciences, 2015- 2017
  • Chair, Sectional Committee for Physics, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, 2017-2019
  • Organiser ”Strings 2015” at ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru
  • PI for Simons Foundation Institutional Grant to ICTS, ”Science without Boundaries”, 2015-2020
  • AirBus Corporate Foundation Teaching and Research Chair: Mathematics of Complex Systems, at ICTS-TIFR, 2013-2016
  • Editor, Asian Journal of Mathematics, International Press, Boston, 2015-
  • Editorial Committee, Asia Pacific Physics Newsletter (APPN), World Scientific, 2016-
  • Member Advisory Board, Asia Pacific Mathematics Newsletter, World Scientific, 2010-
  • Member, Program Advisory Committee, IAS Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 2009-2015
  • Member, Commission on Mathematical Physics (C-18), International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), 1997-1999 and 1999-2002
  • Council Service, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, 2013-2015
  • Editor, European Journal of Physics C, 2012-2015
  • Organiser “Strings 2001” at TIFR-Mumbai
100th anniversary of the Solvay conferences that began in 1911
Spenta R. Wadia with Amit Apte, Mustansir Barma, Mythily Ramaswamy and Roddam Narasimha during the launch of the initiative "Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013" at VITM, Bengaluru
Spenta R. Wadia with Hessam Arfaei, Eliezer Rabinovici, Elias Kiritsis and Farhad Ardalan in Crete
Spenta R. Wadia with Sydney Brenner, Obaid Siddiqi, Mukund Thattai, Madan Rao and Sandeep Krishna at the old TIFR Centre Building, IISc campus, Bangalore during the discussion meeting "The Role of Theory in Biology with Prof. Sydney Brenner" in October 2012