Sathamangalam Ranga Iyengar Srinivasa (Raghu) Varadhan was born in Chennai (then Madras). He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Presidency College, Madras, and his PhD from the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, in 1963. That same year he came to the Courant Institute, New York University as a postdoc, and remained there as faculty member throughout his career. He has received numerous prizes and recognitions, including the Abel Prize in 2007, the US National Medal of Science in 2010 and honorary degrees from the Chennai Mathematical Institute, Duke University, the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and the University of Paris.
The following conversations took place in his office at the Courant Institute on September 20 and September 28, 2017.
"A Conversation with S. R. S. Varadhan." Statist. Sci. 33 (1) 126 - 137, February 2018. https://doi.org/10.1214/17-STS634