Venkatesh Narayanamurti

Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy, SEAS
Science, Technology and Public Policy Program
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
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Venkatesh Narayanamurti


Venkatesh (Venky) Narayanamurti is the Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). From 2009 to 2015, he served as the Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the HKS.  He was formerly the John L. Armstrong Professor and Founding Dean of the SEAS and Dean of Physical Sciences at Harvard. Previously he served as the Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to that he was Vice President of Research at Sandia National Laboratories and Director of Solid State Electronics Research at Bell Labs.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University and has an Honorary Doctorate from Tohoku University.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the IEEE, and the Indian Academy of Sciences.  He has served on numerous advisory boards of the federal government, research universities and industry including service as the Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Engineering from 2011 to 2015.  He is the author of more than 240 papers in different areas of condensed matter, applied physics and science and technology policy. He lectures widely on solid state, computer, and communication technologies, energy technology innovation, and on the management of science, technology and research universities.


For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Siddiqi, Afreen, Jonathan Stoppani, Laura Diaz Anadon, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti. "Scientific Wealth in Middle East and North Africa: Productivity, Indigeneity, and Specialty in 1981–2013." PloS One 11.11 (November 2016).
    • Huang, Junling, Dongbo Shi, Lan Xue, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti. "A Case Study of a World-Class Research Project Accomplished in China: Discovery of the Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect." National Science Review (October 2016).
    • Anadon, Laura Diaz, Gabriel Chan, Amitai Y. Bin-Nun, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti. "The Pressing Energy Innovation Challenge of the U.S. National Laboratories." Nature Energy 1 (September 2016).
  • Books
    • Narayanamurti, Venkatesh and Tolu Odumosu. Cycles of Invention and Discovery: Rethinking the Endless Frontier. Harvard University Press, 2016.
  • Commentary
    • Odumosu, Toluwalogo, Jeffrey Y. Tsao, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti. "Commentary: The Social Science of Creativity and Research Practice: Physical Scientists, Take Notice." Physics Today, 68.11, November 1, 2015, 8-9.
  • Edited Volumes
    • Laura Diaz Anadon, Matthew Bunn, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti, eds. Transforming U.S. Energy Innovation. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Reviews
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti. Review of Transforming US Energy Innovation, ed. Anadon, Laura Diaz. 2016: 2.

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