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Ramamurti Shankar (born April 28, 1947) is the John Randolph Huffman Professor of Physics at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut.[1]

Ramamurti Shankar
Born (1947-04-28) April 28, 1947 (age 72)
AwardsLilienfeld Prize (2009)
Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize (2009)
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical Physics
InstitutionsIndian Institute of Technology Madras
University of California, Berkeley
Yale University
ThesisExploitation of the Small Pion Mass in Multi-Regge Theory (1974)



He received his B. Tech in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras and his Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from the University of California, Berkeley (1974).


His research is in theoretical condensed matter physics, although he is also known for his earlier work in theoretical particle physics. In 2009, Shankar was awarded the Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize from the American Physical Society for "innovative applications of field theoretic techniques to quantum condensed matter systems".[2] After three years at the Harvard Society of Fellows, he joined the Yale physics department, which he chaired between 2001-2007.[3] He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the second Indian after S. Chandrasekhar to be a member of Harvard Society of Fellows. His Youtube lectures have been viewed by over 20 million people .

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Plenum, 1994.
  • Basic Training in Mathematics, Plenum, 1995.[4]
  • Fundamentals of Physics, Yale Press, 2014.[5]
  • Fundamentals of Physics II, Yale Press, 2016.[6]
  • Quantum Field Theory and Condensed Matter: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2017.[7]


  1. ^ "Ramamurti Shankar | Department of Physics". Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  2. ^ "Prize Recipient". Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  3. ^ Pulakkat, Hari (2015-03-21). "Yale physicist R Shankar teaches physics combined with a liberal dose of humour". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  4. ^ "Books – R. Shankar Personal Page". Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  5. ^ "Fundamentals of Physics by R. Shankar". Yale Books UK. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  6. ^ "Fundamentals of Physics II | Yale University Press". Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  7. ^ "Quantum Field Theory and Condensed Matter by Ramamurti Shankar". Cambridge Core. Retrieved 2017-09-24.

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