- Guggenheim Fellow (1980)
Ravi Kulkarni began his academic career at IU Bloomington as an associate professor of mathematics, with tenure, in the College of Arts and Sciences in August 1977. He was appointed to the Graduate School faculty that same year and was promoted from associate to full professor in July 1979. He resigned from IU in 1986 to accept a position as professor of mathematics at Queens College in the City University of New York (CUNY) with an appointment to the CUNY Graduate Center.
Kulkarni received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1968. After teaching and doing research at Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, IU, and the CUNY for over 40 years, he returned to India, where he directed the Harish-Chandra Research Institute from 2001 to 2005 and was chair of mathematics at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay from 2005 to 2012.
Kulkarni is a mathematician who specializes in the field of differential geometry. He is known for the Kulkarni-Nomizu product, which is named for him and fellow mathematician Katsumi Nomizu. He has served as president of the Ramanujan Mathematical Society and received a fellowship in mathematics from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1980.