S. R. Kulkarni is the McArthur Professor of Astronomy and Professor of Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. Since 2006 he has been the Director of the Caltech Optical Observatories. He is also the Director of NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NEXSCI). Kulkarni served as the Executive Officer for Astronomy from 1997-2000. In 2007 he was awarded an AD White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Kulkarni obtained his undergradute degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1978) and his PhD from UC Berkeley (1983). 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 cosmic explosions, compact objects (neutron stars and gamma-ray bursts), and the search for extra-solar planets through interferometeric and adaptive techniques. He is keenly interested in developing or refining astronomical methodologies. Kulkarni has been involved in a number of discoveries: the first millisecond pulsar, the first cluster pulsars, the first brown dwarf, clarifying the nature of soft gamma-ray repeaters, demonstrating the cosmological origin of gamma-ray bursts and more recently in elucidating super luminous supernovae (with the Palomar Transient Factory).
His awards include the 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 and the Karl Janksy Prize of Associated Universities, Inc. 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).
Detailed CV and Bibliograph can be found here