|Domain||Natural Sciences and Engineering|
Shrinivas Kulkarni’s name is associated with a long list of astrophysical discoveries. In 1982, he discovered the first millisecond radio pulsar, a new class of neutron star with a rotational period in the range of about 1-10 milliseconds. More recently, he helped establish a new field of research on optical transients and discovered many new astronomical objects, including superluminous supernovae.
Twenty years ago, he built a major part of the first ‘pulsar machine’ for the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope, which launched the Netherlands’ successful pulsar research programme.