Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha Murty are widely recognized figures in the Indian technology sector, known not just for their business acumen but also for their philanthropic efforts. However, the pursuit of greatness extends beyond them, reaching Sudha Murty’s brother, Shrinivas Kulkarni, a distinguished name in the scientific field, specifically in the realm of space exploration.
Shrinivas Kulkarni was born in the quaint town of Kurundwad in Maharashtra, growing up as the son of a surgeon based in Hubballi, Karnataka. Raised alongside three sisters, Kulkarni’s journey into the scientific realm began in Hubballi. Following his schooling, he ventured to Delhi to pursue an MS in applied physics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Subsequently, he earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kulkarni’s impact on space exploration is noteworthy, with his groundbreaking discovery of the first-millisecond pulsar occurring during his graduate studies. His contributions extend to being a crucial figure in the discovery of the first globular cluster pulsar in 1987. Beyond these milestones, Kulkarni’s astronomical discoveries have earned him prestigious awards, solidifying his reputation in the scientific community.
Notably, Shrinivas Kulkarni has served as the Jury Chair for the Infosys Prize in Physical Sciences since 2009. The Infosys Prize, awarded by the Infosys Foundation, was founded by Kulkarni’s brother-in-law, Narayana Murthy. This family connection underscores the intersection of technology, science, and philanthropy within their shared legacy.
As Shrinivas Kulkarni continues to leave an indelible mark in the scientific arena, his achievements serve as a testament to the family’s commitment to excellence and contributions to diverse fields, from technology and business to space exploration and beyond.