S. R. Kulkarni is the George Ellery Hale Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. Since 2006 he has been the Director of the Caltech Optical Observatories (2006-present). He is also the Director of NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NEXSCI). In 2007 he was awarded an AD White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Kulkarni is the Chair of the Physical Sciences panel of the Infosys Science Foundation.

Kulkarni obtained his undergradute degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and his PhD from UC Berkeley. He served a brief period as a postdoc at UC Berekely and Caltech before joining the faculty rank at Caltech in 1987.

Prof. Kulkarni's primary interests are the study of compact objects (neutron stars and gamma-ray bursts) and cosmic explosions. He is keenly interested in developing or refining astronomical methodologies.

His awards include NSF's Alan T. Waterman Prize of the NSF, a fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a Presidential Young Investigator award from the NSF, the Helen B. Warner award of the American Astronomical Society, the Janksy Prize of Associated Universities, Inc and the Dan David Prize.

Kulkarni was elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994), Fellow of the Royal Society of London (2001), Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (2003) and Honorary Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences (2011). Just recently he was elected as external member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Detailed CV and Bibliograph can be found here