Anamparambu N. Ramaprakash (Ram) obtained his Bachelors in Electronics from the University of Kerala (India) and his MSc and PhD in Physics from the University of Pune (India) in 1996 and 1998 respectively.
During the last part of his thesis (1997-1998) he was a visiting fellow at the California Institute of Technology (USA). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Astronomy of Cambridge University (UK) for the period 1998-2000 before joining the staff of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) at Pune (India). Since 2010 he is a Professor (Scientist G) at IUCAA, where he heads the instrumentation laboratory. He holds several adjunct faculty appointments in Indias as well as a Visiting Associate Faculty at Caltech (since 2015). He joined IA-FORTH as a Research Fellow in 2019. Prof. Ramaprakash has co-/supervised over 20 PhD students and postdocs.
Prof. Ramaprakash is an expert in astronomical instrumentation. He was Co-PI for Robopol and Robo-AO and currently Co-PI for the Wide Area Linear Optical Polarimeter (WALOP). He is PI of the Devasthal Optical Telescope Integral Field Spectrograph (DOTIFS) at IUCAA, as well as Associate Program Director for India's involvement in the Thirty Metre Telescope project. He is interested in developing instruments for ground and space based astronomy including adaptive optics, optical fibres, sensors and electronics etc., Developing novel astronomical techniques and technology, physics of the inter-stellar medium, and transients.