Aiyalam Parameswaran Balachandran is an Indian theoretical physicist. He is the Joel Dorman Steele Professor of Physics at Syracuse University and the Fellow of American Physical Society.[1] He is known for his pioneering topological methods in quantum physics, including the theory of skyrmions, and for his more recent works on noncommutative geometry.[2] In 1990, Syracuse University honored him with a Chancellor's Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement,[3] and in 1991 he won the university's William Wasserstrom Prize for Outstanding Graduate Teaching.[4] Balachandran did his undergraduate studies in Madras Christian College and got his PhD under guidance of Prof. Alladi Ramakrishnan from Madras University in 1962