Prof. K.V.R. Chary, FTWAS, FNA, FNASc
Director, IISER Berhampur
Prof. K.V.R. Chary obtained his B.Sc. (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry; 1974), M.Sc. (Physics; 1976) and Ph.D. (Physics; 1983) from Osmania University, Hyderabad and joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (TIFR) in 1983. He was a Visiting Scientist in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Professor Kurt Wüthrich at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Eidg. Technische Hochschule, Zürich, Switzerland during the period 1988-90. Thereafter, he served at TIFR in various capacities, including as the Chairman of the Department of Chemical Sciences, and was most recently a Senior Professor (I). Prof. Chary is a renowned expert in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and over the last thirty-five years, has made tremendous contributions to several diverse areas in structural biology, molecular biophysics and biological chemistry. In recognition of his scientific contributions, Prof. Chary was awarded the G. N. Ramachandran Gold Medal for Excellence in Biological Sciences and Technology in 2017, by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). In addition to his rich contributions to fundamental research, Prof. Chary has contributed immensely towards institution building, science education, and the induction of young citizens towards mainstream fundamental research. In 2007, when it was clear that the Mumbai campus of TIFR was reaching its capacity, Prof. Chary conceptualized, procured the site for and undertook the development of the new campus of TIFR at Hyderabad. In 2017, he was entrusted with the responsibility of nurturing and navigating the new IISER campus at Behrampur, as its founding director.