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Indumathi D. is an Indian particle physicist and a professor at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai](IMSc), Chennai, India [1]. She has been an active member of the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project since its inception [2] [3].

Early Life and Education

Indumathi D. grew up in Chennai[2]. Her father was a mechanical engineer, whose work inspired curiosity in her at a young age[2]. Indumathi did her masters in Physics from the Madras Christian College, Chennai [4]. Even though she was more passionate about playing Cricket, an injury led her to pursue a career in Physics[2][3].

Indumathi D. obtained her Doctor of Philosophy from IMSc in particle physics[4], where she worked on the spin structure of the photon[4]. Her doctoral advisor was M.V.N. Murthy. As a student, she also wrote a paper on the supernova event SN [4][5]. Following her postdoctoral appointments at Physical Research Laboratory(PRL), Ahmedabad, the Technical University of Dortmund, and then a brief stay at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, she was appointed a faculty member at Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad[4]. She returned to IMSc in 1998[4].

Research Work

Indumathi’s primary area of research is High Energy Physics Phenomenology. Her research interests include work on atmospheric and solar neutrinos, nucleon and nuclear structure functions, inclusive hadroproduction at colliders and QED at finite temperature[1][4]. She has authored several research papers on these topics[6] [7].

Along with other Indian scientists, Indumathi D. has been a proponent of India-based Neutrino Observatory(INO) which is a project to build the first underground observatory to study atmospheric neutrinos in India[2] [8][3] . She has been the outreach coordinator[9] [10]and one of the spokespersons [11] [12] for the INO collaboration. She also coordinated a subgroup working on designing INO’s proposed main detector [13]. D. Indumathi has written articles about the feasibility [14], status and physical possibilities[15] of the INO detectors.

Science Outreach

Indumathi D. has been involved in efforts to popularize science in young school children[8] [16], college students[8] and broader society[8] [17]. As part of such engagements, she has given TEDx talks [8] [17]and interviews [18] as part of this engagement. She was also featured in the Life of Science podcast[19] and has appeared in several interviews to spread awareness about INO[20]. As a spokesperson (and an outreach coordinator) of the INO, she has engaged with the general public including students [21] [22]and the people near the proposed INO site [9] [10] to dispel misinformation and raise awareness. She is also an Editor of Jantar Mantar, a children’s science magazine [8][4] [23].

Personal Life

Indumathi D. is married to a computer scientist and they have two daughters, both of whom are adopted [2]. She has pointed to additional domestic chores as being a reason for the attrition rate of women in science, a dynamic she said is absent in her family [2].


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Theoretical Physics - Faculty". www.imsc.res.in. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Indu Likes Her Neutrinos Muon-Flavoured". The Life of Science. 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Freidog, Nandita Jayaraj, Aashima. "Meet the Indian scientist who wants to capture one of the universe's smallest particles". Quartz India. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 "Department of Physics | Indian Institute Of Technology Madras , Chennai". physics.iitm.ac.in. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  5. DASS, N. D. HARI; INDUMATHI, D.; JOSHIPURA, A. S.; MURTHY, M. V. N. (1987). "ON THE NEUTRINOS FROM SN 1987a". Current Science. 56 (12): 575–580. ISSN 0011-3891.
  6. "Indumathi Duraisamy - Google Scholar". scholar.google.co.in. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  7. "INSPIRE". inspirehep.net. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 "TEDxNapierBridgeWomen | TED". www.ted.com. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Reporter, Staff (2012-10-19). "'Neutrino project work not a threat to Mullaperiyar dam'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Reporter, Staff (2015-01-23). ""INO will open research activities to rural students"". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  11. "Why India's Most Sophisticated Science Experiment Languishes Between a Rock and a Hard Place". The Wire. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  12. "Green nod to nuclear research project suspended by NGT". Outlook India. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  13. Rummler, Troy. "Bringing neutrino research back to India". symmetry magazine. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  14. Indumathi, D.; INO Collaboration (2004-12-01). "India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO)". Pramana. 63 (6): 1283–1293. doi:10.1007/BF02704895. ISSN 0973-7111.
  15. Indumathi, D. (2015-07-15). "India-based neutrino observatory (INO): Physics reach and status report". AIP Conference Proceedings. 1666 (1). doi:10.1063/1.4915571. ISSN 0094-243X.
  16. "When Schoolgirls Interact With Scientists". The Wire. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  17. 17.0 17.1 D, Indumathi, Why do we need to care about Neutrinos, retrieved 2020-07-20
  18. INO Project (2018-05-02). "Youtube". Youtube. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  19. IVM Podcasts (2018-01-01). "youtube.com". Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  20. EMMRC Calicut (2019-01-17). "youtube.com". Youtube. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  21. "The Marsh of Failures That the India-Based Neutrino Observatory Is Stranded In". The Wire. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  22. "Science Forum to garner students' support for INO project". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2015-01-23. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-07-20.CS1 maint: others (link)
  23. "JM25: A celebration of 25 years of Jantar Mantar". www.imsc.res.in. Retrieved 2020-07-20.

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