Curriculum Vitae - Gautam R. Desiraju

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Indian Institute of Science

Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit

 Bangalore 560 012, India



   B.Sc.           St. Xavier’s College, University of Bombay         1972                               

   M.S.            University of Illinois, Urbana 1974 

   Ph.D.           University of Illinois, Urbana 1976        



Crystal engineering 

Hydrogen bonding 

Structural chemistry

Pharmaceutical chemistry


Research Scientist Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester 1976-78

Research Fellow Indian Institute of Science 1978-79

Lecturer University of Hyderabad 1979-84

Reader University of Hyderabad 1984-90

Visiting Scientist E. I. Dupont de Nemours CR&D 1988-89

Professor University of Hyderabad 1990-2009

Dean University of Hyderabad 1999-2002

Professor Indian Institute of Science 2009-present


3 books, 3 edited books and 425 research papers, h-index = 83


1. Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, 2000.

2. Fellow, Third World Academy of Sciences, 2002.

3. Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, 2000.

4. Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Award, 2000.

5. Ranbaxy Award for Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2000.

6. Millennium Medeal of the Indian Science Congress, 2000.

7. Silver Medal for Excellence of the Chemical Research Society of India, 2000.

8. Erskine Professor, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1990.

9. Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Bologna, Italy, 2003.

10. Visiting Fellowship (Short Term), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2003.

11. J. C. Bose Fellowship, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2006-2011.

12. Honorary Member, Hungarian Chemical Society, 2006.

13. Thomson Citation Laureate Award for Chemistry, 2006.

14. Chair, Gordon Research Conference in Crystal Engineering, 2010.

15. President, International Union of Crystallography, 2011-2014.

16. Crystal Growth & Design Virtual Special Issue in Honor of Prof. G. R. Desiraju, 2013

17. Honorary Doctorate, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, 2014

18. Honorary Doctorate, Rayalaseema University, Kurnool, 2017



1. IUCrJ (Main Editor for Chemistry and Crystal Engineering).

2. Angewandte Chemie (Wiley-VCH).

3. Journal of the American Chemical Society (American Chemical Society).

4. Chemical Communications (Royal Society of Chemistry).



1. International Union of Crystallography XVII Congress Seattle, U.S.A., 1996 (keynote lecture).

2. 36th IUPAC Congress Geneva, Switzerland, 1997 (keynote lecture).

3. International School of Crystallography and NATO-ARW

       Implications of Molecular and Materials Structure for New Technologies 

       Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture Erice, Sicily, Italy, 1998.

4. American Crystallographic Association Annual Meeting

       (Invited keynote speaker in the symposium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Internation Union of Crystallography)

      Arlington, VA, U.S.A., 1998.

5. Gordon Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry Fukuoka, Japan, 1998.

6. International School of Crystallography and Euroconference Crystal Engineering: From Molecules and Crystals to Materials

      Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture  Erice, Sicily, Italy, 1999.

7. International School of Crystallography Data Mining in Crystallography

      Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture Erice, Sicily, Italy, 1999.

8. German Crystallographic Association Annual Meeting (keynote lecture)  Kiel, Germany, 2002.

9. American Crystallographic Association Annual Meeting (keynote lecture) San Antonio, Texas, 2002.

10. Third World Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting (award lecture) New Delhi, 2002.

11. ACS CSIR meeting on Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, 2006.

12. International Union of Crystallography XXII Congress  Madrid, Spain, 2011 (keynote lecture).

13. Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Engineering, Waterville Valley Resort, New Hampshire, USA. 2012.

14. ISXB1- First International Symposium On Halogen Bonding (plenary) Porto Cesareo, Lecce, Italy, 2014

15. XXV National Congress of the Italian Chemical Society (keynote)  Cosenza, Italy, 2014

16. 40th Mellanby Memorial Oration, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India, 2015

17. 2nd Pran Nath Vohra Oration, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, 2017

18. Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Engineering, Waterville Valley Resort, Newry, Maine, USA. 2018