SV Lawande did his BSc (Hons) in Physics and Mathematics in 1957 from Bombay University. He then joined the training school at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai. He obtained his MSc (1965) in Applied Mathematics from Bombay University. He received Bhabha Fellowship for graduate work at the University of California at Davis (1966-69) and obtained his PhD in Applied Science specializing in the areas of theoretical and mathematical physics. After returning to India he joined Theoretical Physics Division at BARC.
Academic and Research Achievements: Lawande, has made major contributions in several frontier areas of theoretical physics such as Feynman path integrals, quantum optics and laser plasma interaction. His most prominent contributions in the area of Feynman path integrals are concerned with the exact summability of paths to obtain analytical Feynman propagators. He has developed new techniques for solving nontrivial path integrals leading to exact answers in a number of problems in non-relativistic quantum mechanics. These new analytical results and the novel techniques of path integration have applications in several areas of physics, notably in physics of polymers and condensed matter physics. His most significant contributions in the area of quantum optics include the new exact analytical solutions of the problems of co-operative resonance florescence and optical double resonance spectra, Stochastic theory of laser bandwidth effects on optical spectra, non-classical effects of light and optical quantum jumps. On the applied side, his contributions to the theories of neutron transport and thermalization have motivated subsequent reactor physics research and the development of sophisticated computer codes necessary for physics of nuclear reactor design. His work on numerical simulation of laser-induced fusion is currently used in the interpretation of experiments on target irradiation by high power lasers. He has published more than 100 research papers, and has supervised about ten PhD students.