Conjeevaram Srirangachari Seshadri did his PhD (1958) from University of Bombay specializing algebraic geometry and algebraic groups. He was Professor (1965), Senior Professor (1975-84) at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai; Senior Professor, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai (1984-89); and Dean, School of Mathematics, SPIC Science Foundation, Chennai.
Academic and Research Achievements: Seshadri has contributed to the following fields: (i) moduli of vector bundles: (a) solution of Serre's problem on the affine plane, (b) construction of the Picard variety on any complete variety, (c) construction of the moduli spaces of vector bundles on a smooth projective curve of genus g?2; further (in collaboration with MS Narasimhan) their transcendental characterization by unitary representation of certain Fuchsian groups, (d) parabolic vector bundles on curves, (e) vector bundles on singular curves; (ii) proof of Mumford's conjecture, especially its proof for GL(2); and (iii) (in collaboration with Lakshimibai and Musili) standard monomial theory generalizing a classical work of Hodge.
Other Contributions: Seshadri was the Member, Editorial Board, Proceedings of the Indian Academy Science (Mathematical Science); advisory editor, Texts and Readings in Mathematics and Member, INSA Council (1987-89).
Awards and Honours: Seshadri is the recipient of SS Bhatnagar Prize (1972); Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal (INSA) (1985). He is a Fellow, the Royal Society, London, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Member, American Mathematical Society.