University Of Madras

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Madras. The list includes people like Srinivasa Ramanujan, Mahesh Babu, Sarojini Naidu, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan & Vijay Sethupathi. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as leaders, scientists, film & theater personalities, intellectuals & academics and writers etc.
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Srinivasa Ramanujan
(Mathematician)
Srinivasa Ramanujan
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Erode
Died: April 26, 1920

A self-taught genius Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan is known for his contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory and continued fractions. Born into a humble family, the celebrated mathematician struggled with poverty but still managed to publish first of his papers in the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society. Later, his collaboration with English mathematician G. H. Hardy proved very productive.

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Viswanathan Anand
(First Indian Chess Grandmaster and Former Five-Time World Chess Champion)
Viswanathan Anand
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India

Viswanathan Anand is an Indian chess player and former world champion. The first grandmaster from India, Anand is also one of the few chess players to have gone past an Elo rating of 2800, only the fourth player in history to do so. Renowned for his quick moves, Anand is widely regarded as the greatest rapid player of our time.

 3 
Mani Ratnam
(Indian Film Director, Screenwriter and Producer)
Mani Ratnam
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Birthdate: June 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Six-time National Award-winning Indian director Mani Ratnam was born to a film distributor father and left his consulting job to enter films in his younger days. Known for iconic films such as Roja, Bombay, and Guru, he specializes in topics related to socio-political issues and terrorism. He has also won a Padma Shri.

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Indra Nooyi
(Former Chairperson & CEO of PepsiCo)
Indra Nooyi
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Indra Nooyi is an Indian-American business executive known for her association with PepsiCo where she served as the chief executive officer from 2006 to 2018. Often ranked among the most powerful women, Nooyi was named in Forbes' World's 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2014. In 2017, she was named in the magazine's 19 Most Powerful Women in Business list.

 5 
Mahesh Babu
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Birthdate: August 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Mahesh Babu is one of the most popular and highest-paid South Indian film actors. He is also one of the most celebrated, decorated, and bankable actors of the Telugu film industry. A well-known philanthropist, Mahesh Babu donates 30 percent of his annual income to charity organizations. In 2013, he became the goodwill ambassador of a non-profit organization called Heal-a-child Foundation.

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C. Rajagopalachari
(Indian Independence Activist and the Last Governor-General of India)
C. Rajagopalachari
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thorapalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: December 25, 1972

Bharat Ratna-winner C. Rajagopalachari, nicknamed Rajaji or C.R., was the last Governor-General of India and the first Indian to hold the post. He had also served as an INC leader, the Governor of West Bengal, and the Premier of the Madras Presidency. He launched the Swatantra Party and propagated peace.

 7 
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
(Astrophysicist Known for his 'Theoritical Studies of the Physical processes of importance to the Structure and Evolution of the Stars')
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
Died: August 21, 1995

Remembered for his varied contribution to astrophysics, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar is perhaps best known for his work on the evolution of massive stars. Today known as Chandrasekhar limit, it contributed to final understanding of supernovas, neutron stars, and black holes. A prolific writer, he also did significant work on energy transfer by radiation in stellar atmospheres and convection on solar surface.

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M. S. Swaminathan
(Indian Agronomist Who is Known as the Main Architect of the Green Revolution in India)
M. S. Swaminathan
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 7, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kumbakonam, India

Ramon Magsaysay Award-winning geneticist M. S. Swaminathan is best known for his contribution to the Indian Green Revolution. Featured on Time, he introduced high-yielding varieties of wheat and rice seedlings to Indian farmers. He is also known for his administrative work as part of the Indian civil services.

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu
(One of the Leading Indian Actresses in Telugu and Tamil Film Industries)
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
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Birthdate: April 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Samantha Akkineni is one of South India's go-to actresses when it comes to playing the female lead in romantic-comedy films. One of the most bankable actresses, she works hard to raise funds for the Pratyusha Support charitable trust, which she founded in 2014. She also donates her earnings from inauguration events, endorsements, and product launches to support the foundation.
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Chinmayi Sripada
(Indian Playback Singer)
Chinmayi Sripada
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Chinmayi Sripada is an Indian singer, voice actor, radio jockey, and TV presenter who works predominantly in the South Indian film and TV industry. Chinmayi is also credited with founding Blue Elephant, a translation services company, for which she serves as the CEO. Also known for her activism, Chinmayi Sripada has been an important figure in India's Me Too movement.

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Vijay Sethupathi
(Actor)
Vijay Sethupathi
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Birthdate: January 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rajapalayam
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Meena
(Actress)
Meena
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Birthdate: September 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Vijay Amritraj
(Indian Sports Commentator and Former Tennis Player)
Vijay Amritraj
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Birthdate: December 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Vijay Amritraj is an Indian sports commentator and former professional tennis player. He is best known for his contribution as a tennis commentator in major Grand Slam events, such as Wimbledon. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Vijay Amritraj is credited with establishing The Vijay Amritraj Foundation which aims at fighting the spread of AIDS.

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M. K. Stalin
(Politician, Actor)
M. K. Stalin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chennai
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Raja Ramanna
(Former Physicist Best Known for His Role in India’s Nuclear Program During Its Early Stages)
Raja Ramanna
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mysore, Karnataka, India
Died: September 24, 2004

Raja Ramanna was an Indian nuclear physicist, remembered for his role in the development of India’s nuclear weapons program. Beginning his career under Homi Bhabha, he eventually served as the director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, overseeing India’s first nuclear weapons test in 1974.  Meanwhile he also served as the secretary for defense research and later headed Atomic Energy Commission.

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Udupi Ramachandra Rao
(Scientist)
Udupi Ramachandra Rao
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Udupi district, Karnataka, India
Died: July 24, 2017
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V. K. Krishna Menon
(Indian Academic, Politician, and Union Minister for Defence From 1957 to 1962)
V. K. Krishna Menon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 3, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Died: October 6, 1974
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P. Chidambaram
(Indian Minister of Finance (2012-14))
P. Chidambaram
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kandanur, Tamil Nadu, India
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S. R. Ranganathan
(Indian Mathematician and Librarian Known for His Development of 'Colon Classification')
S. R. Ranganathan
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: September 27, 1972

S. R. Ranganathan was an Indian librarian and mathematician. Ranganathan is best remembered for developing the colon classification, a system of library classification, which is currently used in research libraries all over the world. In India, he is considered the father of library science, information science, and documentation. His birthday is observed as National Librarian's Day in his home country.

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N. Ram
(Journalist)
N. Ram
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Birthdate: May 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai

Part of the Kasturi family that manages The Hindu Group, N. Ram has been the MD of the group in the past. The Padma Bhushan awardee has also penned books such as Riding the Nuclear Tiger and has previously represented Tamil Nadu, his home state, in the Ranji Trophy cricket matches.

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E. C. George Sudarshan
(Physicist, University teacher)
E. C. George Sudarshan
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kottayam district

Padma Vibhushan winner and nine-time Nobel Prize nominee theoretical physicist E. C. George Sudarshan was born in India but moved to the U.S. to study at the University of Rochester. He later joined Harvard and made ground-breaking discoveries in topics such as quantum optics, tachyons, and the quantum Zeno effect.

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B. N. Rau
(Indian Civil Servant, Jurist, Diplomat and Statesman Known for His Key Role in Drafting the 'Constitution of India')
B. N. Rau
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Died: November 30, 1953

Indian civil servant and jurist B. N. Rau was one of the persons behind the drafting of the constitutions of India and Burma. He also served as a judge of the Bengal High Court and the Court of International Justice. He was also the Indian representative to the UN and was eventually knighted.

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G. N. Ramachandran
(Indian Physicist)
G. N. Ramachandran
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ernakulam, Kingdom of Cochin, British India
Died: April 7, 2001

G. N. Ramachandran was an Indian physicist. His creation of the Ramachandran plot to better understand peptide structure has been playing a significant role in the field of protein conformation. He is also credited with founding the Molecular Biophysics Unit which is currently situated at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). 

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Swarnamalya
(Actress)
Swarnamalya
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Birthdate: April 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Raj Reddy
(Computer scientist, University teacher)
Raj Reddy
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 13, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Andhra Pradesh

Raj Reddy is an Indian-American computer scientist. One of the pioneers of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Reddy was honored with the prestigious Turing Award in 1994 for his contribution to the field of artificial intelligence. He is the first computer scientist of Asian descent to win the award, which is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of Computer Science.

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Masti Venkatesha Iyengar
(Writer)
Masti Venkatesha Iyengar
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Birthdate: June 6, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malur
Died: June 6, 1986
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James Vasanthan
(composer)
James Vasanthan
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trichy
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S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan
(Indian American Mathematician Known for His Fundamental Contributions to 'Probability Theory')
S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan
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Birthdate: January 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai, India

S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan is an Indian American mathematician whose contributions to probability theory have earned him several prestigious awards including the National Medal of Science in 2010. He is also renowned for coming up with a unified theory of large deviations. He is currently serving as a professor at the Courant Institute.

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Kamala Markandaya
(One of the Most Important Indian Novelists Who Wrote in English)
Kamala Markandaya
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Birthdate: January 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mysuru, India
Died: May 16, 2004

Kamala Markandaya, also known as Kamala Taylor after her marriage, was one of the most significant Indian writers of English. Known for novels such as Nectar in a Sieve and A Silence of Desire, she was known to portray Western ideals as materialistic. She moved to England after India’s independence.

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Mrs YGP
(Journalist)
Mrs YGP
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: August 6, 2019
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C. K. Prahalad
(Economist, University teacher)
C. K. Prahalad
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Birthdate: August 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coimbatore
Died: April 16, 2010

Born to a Tamil scholar father in Coimbatore, C. K. Prahalad was educated at IIM Ahmedabad and Harvard. Named one of the most influential business thinkers of the world by Thinkers 50, he taught corporate strategy at the University of Michigan and revolutionized bottom of the pyramid studies.

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Alexander Dubyanskiy
(Writer)
Alexander Dubyanskiy
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian
Died: November 18, 2020
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Carlos G. Valles
(Writer)
Carlos G. Valles
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Logroño, Spain
Died: November 9, 2020
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K. S. Chandrasekharan
(Mathematician)
K. S. Chandrasekharan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Andhra Pradesh, India
Died: April 13, 2017
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Abdulla Shamaal
(Military leader)
Abdulla Shamaal
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maldives
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Chinmayananda Saraswati
(Philosopher)
Chinmayananda Saraswati
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 8, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kerala
Died: August 3, 1993
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Verghese Kurien
(Indian Businesspeople and Father of the White Revolution of India)
Verghese Kurien
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Died: September 9, 2012
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Raman Sukumar
(Indian Ecologist Best Known for His Work on the Ecology of the Asian Elephant and Wildlife-Human Conflict)
Raman Sukumar
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Raman Sukumar is an ecologist renowned for his work on the ecology of wildlife-human conflict and the Asian elephant. In 1986, he helped design Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. In 1997, he established the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation, which has carried out many field projects in several Asian countries.