Suresh Venapally received his Bachelor's degree (1987) from Osmania University and M.Sc (1989) from University of Hyderabad. He joined TIFR in 1989 and obtained Ph.D. degree (1994) from the University of Bombay, specializing in Algebra.
Academic and Research Achievements: Suresh started his research by settling a longstanding question on the discriminants of involutions on central simple algebras. His thesis work is on the structure of Chow groups of zero-cycles on quadric fibrations over curves over number fields and local fields. In a joint work with Parimala, he settled in the affirmative a longstanding conjecture of Kaplansky that every quadratic form in at least nine variables over function fields of non dyadic p-adic curves has a nontrivial zero. In a recent work with Parimala, he proved a local-global principle for Galois cohomology groups of function fields of surfaces over finite fields, which led to various results on the Brauer-Manin obstruction for the existence of 0-cycles of degree 1 for a class of varieties over global fields of positive characteristic.
Awards and Honors: Suresh is an invited speaker at the ICM, 2010, recipient of the Bhatnagar Prize for Mathematical Sciences (2009), B.M. Birla Science prize (2004), and the INSA Medal for Young Scientists (1997). He is also a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and the National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad.