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Charusita Chakravarty

Charusita Chakravarty was born in 5 may 1964 and died in 29 March 2016. She was an Indian academic and scientist. She was a professor of chemistry at the Indian Institute of technology, Delhi since 1999.

Charusita Chakravarty
Charusita Chakravarty
Born5 May 1964
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.
Died29 March 2016 (aged 51)
New Delhi, India
Alma materDelhi University, Cambridge University
AwardsShanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award (2009)
Scientific career
FieldsChemistry, Chemical Physics, Theoretical & Computational Chemistry
InstitutionsIndian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Doctoral advisorDavid Clary

Early life and Education

She was born in Cambridge USA on 5 may 1964 as only the daughter of sukhamoy and Lalita chakravarti. She did her BSc chemistry program from St Stephen's college, University of Delhi and having graduated from Delhi University with gold medal. She was the National Science talent scholar and went on to clear the joint entrance exam of the Indian institute of technology. Also she went on to do the natural Science tripos from Cambridge University, UK. Charusita then became a post doctoral scholar at the University of California at Santa Barbara, under professor Horia Metiu.


After returning to India for good the IITs hesitated to give a teaching position as she did not have a masters degree, even though she had a PhD from Cambridge. she did get an offer from IIT kanpur, and then went to accept a position in IIT Delhi department of chemistry where she continued to teach till her death.
After joining IIT Delhi, she submitted a research proposal to the department of Science and technology and having received funding easily carried on with the research. Initial work was related to atomic and molecular cluster and became famous for her work.
Her fields of interest also included theoretical chemistry and chemical physics, the structure and dynamics of liquids, water and hydration nucleation and self assembly. Also, she was widely known for her single author papers.

Research fields

  • Theoretical chemistry and chemical physics
  • Classical and quantum Monte Carlo
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Structure and dynamics of liquids
  • Water and hydration
  • Nucleation
  • Self assembly

Awards and Achievements

Medal for young scientist from the Indian National Science Academy in 1996.
Shanti swarup bhatnagar prize for science and technology in 2009.
BM birla science award in 1999.
Indian National Science Academy medal for young scientist in 1996.
Anil Kumar Bose memorial award of Indian National Science Academy in 1999.
Fellowship of Indian Academy of sciences in 2006
Swarnajayanti fellowship of the department of Science and technology in India in 2004
Served as a member of Abdus Salam international Centre for theoretical physics, Trieste, Italy in 1996 to 2003.
Associate member of the centre for Computational Materials Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore.

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