Shiraz Minwalla

Shiraz Naval Minwalla

Shiraz Minwalla at Harvard University
Born 1973
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Residence India
Citizenship Indian
Fields String Theory, Theoretical Physics
Institutions Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Harvard University
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (M.Sc.), Princeton University (Ph.D.)
Doctoral advisor Nathan Seiberg
Doctoral students Matthew Headrick,[1] Ramalingam Loganayagam, Sayantani Bhattacharyya
Notable awards Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, ICTP Prize, New Horizons in Physics Prize, Infosys Prize

Shiraz Naval Minwalla (Marathi: शिराझ मिन्वाल्ला) is an Indian theoretical physicist and string theorist.[2] He is a faculty member in the Department of Theoretical Physics at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.[3] Prior to his present position, he was a Harvard Junior Fellow and subsequently an Assistant Professor at Harvard University.[4][5]

Early life

Born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, in 1973, in a Zoroastrian family, Minwalla graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1995. He later moved to Princeton University to earn his Ph.D. under the guidance of Nathan Seiberg.


Minwalla was awarded the Swarnajayanti Fellowship 2005-06 by the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. He was awarded the ICTP Prize in 2010 and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, the highest science award in India, in the physical sciences category in 2011.[6] He was awarded the Infosys Prize 2013 in the field of Physical Sciences by the Infosys Science Foundation.[7][8] He was awarded the 2014 New Horizons in Physics Prize by the Fundamental Physics Prize for "his pioneering contributions to the study of string theory and quantum field theory; and in particular his work on the connection between the equations of fluid dynamics and Albert Einstein's equations of general relativity."[8][9][10]

Notable contributions to the field


  1. Headrick, Matthew. Noncommutative solitons and closed string tachyons. OCLC 57603361.
  2. "Physicist makes string theory look simple" (PDF). Tufts Institute of Cosmology. 26 April 2004. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  3. "Members of the Department of Theoretical Physics". Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  4. "Sultans of String". The Indian Express. 27 February 2005. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  5. "The Telegraph - Calcutta : Metro". The Telegraph. 4 November 2004. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  6. "11 scientists selected for Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award" ibn live, 26 September 2011.
  7. Nayanjot Lahiri, 6 others win Infosys Foundation awards
  8. 1 2 Vasudevan Mukunth (14 November 2013). "'Research in India happens in a few elite institutions'". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 November 2013.

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