Rangaswamy Narasimhan obtained his PhD (1954) from Indiana University, USA specializing in computer science. He served as the Visiting Scientist, Digital Computer Laboratory, University of Urbana, USA (1961-64); CMC (Computer Maintenance Corporation) National Fellow, CMC Ltd, Bangalore; Professor of Eminence, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai (1954-90), National Centre for Software Development & Computing Techniques, TIFR (1975-85).
Academic and Research Achievements:Narasimhan’s research interest lies in applying system-theoretic concepts and techniques to the study of behaviour and behavioural sciences. He was also interested in the role of science and technology in socio-economic processing, modeling language behaviour, role of science and technology on social change and technology policy issues.
Others Contributions:Narasimhan was the Indian Representative on Council of International Federation for Information Processing (1975-86); Member, Scientific Advisory Council, Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (1988-90). He authored: Modelling Language Behaviour (Springer-Verlag, 1981) and edited special issue Current Science on Artificial Intelligence (March 1993).
Awards and Honours:Narasimhan was the recipient of Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship (1971-73); Homi J Bhabha Award (UGC) (1976); Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation Award (1988) and Padma Shri (1976). He was the Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Computer Society of India, and National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad.