The Indian Academy of Sciences was founded and registered as a society in 1934 with the aim of promoting the progress and upholding the cause of science, in both pure and applied branches. It strives to meet its objectives through promotion of original research and dissemination of scientific knowledge to the community via meetings, discussions, seminars, symposia and publications. Indian Academy of Sciences is now an autonomous institution under the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India. It is fully funded by DST.

Prof. C. V. Raman with his scopeProf Raman with Sir Mirza Ismail at the Inaugural Meeting of the Academy at Bengaluru, on 31 July 1934

The Academy was founded in 1934 by Professor C. V. Raman (Nobel Laureate) and was registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act of 1860, on 27 April 1934. The formal inauguration took place on 31 July 1934 with 65 Founding Fellows. On the same day, the first general meeting of Fellows was held at which C. V. Raman was elected its President, and the draft constitution of the Academy was approved and adopted. The first issue of the Academy "Proceedings" appeared in two sections in July 1934. Since then, the "Proceedings" were split into theme journals and several new ones added.

The Academy presently has 1077 Fellows, 57 Honorary Fellows, and 59 Associates on its rolls.

Past Presidents:

1934 - 1970
Prof. C. V. Raman
1971 - 1973
Prof. T. S. Sadasivan
1974 - 1976
Prof. M. G. K. Menon
1977 - 1979
Prof. S. Dhawan
1980 - 1982
Dr. S. Varadarajan
1983 - 1985
Prof. S. Ramaseshan
1986 - 1988
Prof. O. Siddiqi
1989 - 1991
Prof. C. N. R. Rao
1992 - 1994
Prof. R. Narasimha
1995 - 1997
Prof. P. Rama Rao
1998 - 2000
Prof. N. Kumar
2001 - 2003
Dr K. Kasturirangan
2004 - 2006
Prof. T. V. Ramakrishnan
2007 - 2009
Prof. D. Balasubramanian
2010 - 2012
Prof. A. K. Sood
2013 - 2015
Prof. Dipankar Chatterji
2016 -
Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy

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