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"Manil Suri, a gifted author and brilliant mathematician, exemplifies UMBC's commitment to exploring the life of the mind through a variety of disciplines."

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III


Novel by Math Professor and Author Receives National Attention


March 10, 2008 - The Age of Shiva, the second novel by celebrated novelist and Professor of Mathematics Manil Suri, was recently favorably reviewed in the New York Times Book Review and the New Yorker.

In the New York Times Book Review, critic Caryn James writes, “Suri… is fearless in imagining a passionate, confused and not always admirable woman. That striking creation, and his refusal to give in to any hint of the didactic or the predictable, affirms his position as a writer worth serious attention.”

After Suri's debut novel, The Death of Vishnu, was published to critical acclaim, he was awarded a 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship. Suri also was named a Time magazine “Person to Watch,” and the book received multiple awards, including the 2002 Barnes and Noble Discover Prize, the 2001 Ralph Heyne Corrine Buchpreis (Germany), the 2002 McKittrick Prize (UK) and a Pen-Bingham Fellowship for 2002-04.

At UMBC, Suri is a mathematics professor who specializes in partial differential equations and is dedicated to fostering interest in mathematics among K-12 students and the general public. Last year, he was awarded a University System of Maryland (USM) Elkins Professorship for his “exemplary ability to inspire students” and for “professional work and scholarly endeavors [that] make a positive impact beyond the USM.”

Most recently, Suri has conducted mathematics workshops with area middle and high school students and teachers.


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