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Study #4

Title
Katepalli Sreenivasan
Artist
Jon R. Friedman, born 1947
Sitter
Katepalli R Sreenivasan, born 30 Sep 1947
Date
2015
Type
Drawing
Medium
Oil and graphite on prepared paper
Dimensions
Sheet (Irregular edges): 76.3 × 59.9 cm (30 1/16 × 23 9/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the artist, Jon R. Friedman
Restrictions & Rights
© Jon R. Friedman
Object number
NPG.2016.1
Exhibition Label
Born Kolar, India
Globally recognized scientist Katepalli R. Sreenivasan is currently dean of the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University and the Eugene Kleiner Professor for Innovation in Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on the areas of turbulence, complex fluids, cryogenic helium, and nonlinear dynamics. After receiving his education in Bangalore, India, Sreenivasan held faculty positions at Yale University, the University of Maryland, and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. He has received awards from the Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society, and he was awarded the UNESCO Medal for Promoting International Scientific Cooperation and World Peace.
In this portrait by Jon Friedman, Sreenivasan wears shirtsleeves and casual slacks, as if just finishing one of his lectures. Friedman’s close observations of Sreenivasan resulted in a work that not only appears photographic but also offers insight into his persona as professor, scientist, colleague, and dean.
Nacido en Kolar, India
Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, científico reconocido mundialmente, es decano de la Escuela Tandon de Ingeniería en la Universidad de Nueva York y ocupa la Cátedra Eugene Kleiner de Innovación en Ingeniería Mecánica. Su investigación se centra en las áreas de turbulencia, fluidos complejos, helio criogénico y dinámica no linear. Luego de recibir su educación en Bangalore, India, Sreenivasan fue profesor en la Universidad Yale, la Universidad de Maryland y el Centro Internacional de Física Teórica en Trieste, Italia. Ha recibido premios de la Academia de Ciencias y la Sociedad Estadounidense de Física, y recibió la Medalla de la UNESCO por promover la cooperación científica internacional y la paz mundial.
En este retrato realizado por Jon Friedman, Sreenivasan está vestido de manera informal, como si acabara de terminar una de sus clases. El artista observó con cuidado a su modelo, produciendo una obra que no solo parece fotográfica sino que también muestra con perspicacia su personalidad como profesor, científico, colega y decano.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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