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Gururaj Deshpande

Gururaj Deshpande is the son of a labor commissioner in post-British India. He is the second richest Indian, next only to Azim Premji of Wipro. He is worth $ 3.7 billion. He is the chairman of Sycamore Networks, Boston, USA. He is married to Jaishree and they have two sons.

Education & Career of Gururaj Deshpande

Gururaj Deshpande obtained B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering in 1973 from IIT Madras. He got his M.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in Canada and a Ph.D. from the Queens University in Canada in Data Communications.

Sycamore Networks was founded by him along with two other scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 with just three products and two customers. The company manufactures Fibre Optic Cables providing high bandwidth for the Internet.

Important Works of Gururaj Deshpande

He worked on the architecture of Optical fiber network. He taught at the Queens University in Kingston, Canada, served in Codex Corporation, a subsidiary of Motorola, co-founder of Coral Network Corporation (1988); and the founder and chairman of Cascade Communications Corp.

He serves as a member of the MIT Corporation developing the MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. The Center is involved in research and collaborates with entrepreneurs, MIT faculty, alumni and students, and new companies.

Gururaj Deshpande has donated large sums to IIT Madras Alumni Association of North America for support to IIT Madras through The Deshpande Foundation.


Gururaj Deshpande received the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Madras (1998.