Prof. Eluvathingal D. Jemmis


Dr. Eluvathingal Devassy Jemmis is a Professor of theoretical chemistry at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He was the founding Director of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM). His primary area of research is in applied theoretical chemistry with emphasis on structure, bonding and reactivity, across the periodic table of the elements. He has been awarded Padma Shri in Science and Engineering category by the Government of India in 2014.


Prof. Jemmis, after obtaining his BSc from University College, Thiruvananthapuram and St. Thomas College, Thrissur and MSc from IIT Kanpur in 1973, joined Princeton University in 1973 under the supervision of Profs Paul von Rague Schleyer and John Pople (1998 Nobel Laureate). During his doctoral research, Prof. Jemmis spent one semester at the University of Munich and four semesters at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg. He obtained his PhD degree from Princeton in 1978. After a two-year postdoctoral work at Cornell University, he joined the School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad in 1980. Dr. Jemmis is an honorary Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research and Adjunct Professor at ICTS-TIFR. In 2005, he joined the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry at IISc., Bangalore. In 2008, Prof. Jemmis set up the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram.

Achievements and Honors

  • Padma Shri Award, Government of India, 2014.
  • "Prof. T. Navaneeth Rao National Best Teacher Award in Chemistry, 2006.
  • J. C. Bose National Fellowship, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, 2006.
  • Fellow, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Italy, 2004.
  • TWAS Prize, India, 2003.
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, CSIR, 1994.
  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, 1992.