Gautam R. Desiraju is a structural chemist who has been in the Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit of the
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India since 2009. Prior to this, he had been in the University of
Hyderabad for 30 years. He has played a major role in the development and growth of the subject of crystal
engineering. He is noted for gaining acceptance for the theme of weak hydrogen bonding among chemists and
crystallographers. His books on crystal engineering (Elsevier, 1989) and the weak hydrogen bond in structural
chemistry and biology (OUP, 1999) are particularly well known. He is one of the most highly cited Indian
scientists with more than 350 research papers, 19000 citations and an h-index of 62. He has won international
awards such as the Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis and the TWAS award in Chemistry. He has guided the Ph.
D work of more than 30 students. Additionally, he has edited three multi-author books in solid state and
supramolecular chemistry. He is a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of Angewandte Chemie,the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and the President of the International Union of Crystallography.