Endowment Chairs

Sir Dorabji Tata Trust donated Rs.75 lakhs during the Golden Jubilee year (1995-1996) of the Institute for the purpose of establishing the following three Endowment Chairs:

The Sir Dorabji Tata Chair The Shri J. R. D. Tata Chair The Dr. Homi J. Bhabha Chair

Operating Modalities

  • The Chair Professorship will be offered to an eminent scientist from India or abroad working in any of the areas of interest of the institute.
  • The Chair Professorship will be awarded for any period not exceeding five years at a time. The awardee of the Chair expected to spend at least 3 months every year at TIFR, during the tenure of the Chair Professorship.
  • There will be only one invitee to any named chair at any given time.
  • The award will consist of a fixed honorarium at the highest level of Distinguished Professor and will be payable for the period that the awardee spends at TIFR. It also includes expenditure on travel from parent institution to TIFR and back, secretarial support, internal travel, etc.

The Sir Dorabji Tata Chair

Prof. Michael Bate, FRS
Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
Downing Street, CB2 3EJ, Cambridge,
England, United Kingdom.
For 5 years starting from April 1, 1999

Prof. Bate visited the Institute's Main Campus and its National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore in October 2000.

Prof. Azim Surani, FRS
Marshall-Walton Professor
Director of Cambridge Stem Cells Genetics Prog.
Wellcome Trust Cancer Research UK Gurdon Inst.
University of Cambridge
Tennis Court Road, Cambridge CB2 1QR, UK
For 5 years starting from September 01, 2004

Prof. P. Balaram
Professor (Emeritus)
Molecular Biophysics Unit
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore
For 3 years starting from January 01, 2015.

The Shri J. R. D. Tata Chair

Prof. Madhav Nori
Department of Mathematics
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637, USA.

For 5 years starting from July 1, 2000

Prof. Nori visited the Institute in June-July, 2002.

Prof. Girish Agarwal, FRS
Noble Foundation Chair and Regents Professor
Department of Physics
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74074, USA.

For 3 years starting from January 2011

For 2 years starting from January 2014

Prof. Agarwal visited the Institute in June-August 2011, June-July 2012, July-August 2013, and Dec-Jan 2015.

The Dr. Homi J. Bhabha Chair

Prof. John L. Cardy, FRS
Department of Theoretical Physics
1- Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3NP, UK

Prof. Cardy visited the Institute from December 2007 to March 2008.

Prof. Katepalli R. Sreenivasan
Bobst Library #1225
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, USA

For 3 years starting from January 2011

For 2 years starting from January 2014

Prof. Sreenivasan visited the Institute in January 2011.

Prof. Subir Sachdev
Department of Physics
Harvard University, Cambridge

For 3 years, starting from July 1, 2016.

Prof. Sachdev visited the Institute in January 2017