Srinivas Kulkarni

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials S.R.
Main position Hoogleraar California Insititute of Technologie
Chair Astronomie
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Foreign Member
Since 2016
Foreign Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering

Shrinivas Kulkarni’s name is associated with a long list of astrophysical discoveries. In 1982, he discovered the first millisecond radio pulsar, a new class of neutron star with a rotational period in the range of about 1-10 milliseconds. More recently, he helped establish a new field of research on optical transients and discovered many new astronomical objects, including superluminous supernovae.

Twenty years ago, he built a major part of the first ‘pulsar machine’ for the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope, which launched the Netherlands’ successful pulsar research programme.