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Manil Suri Class of '74 (Writer)

Manil Suri Class of '74 (Writer)

Manil Suri (born July 1959) is an Indian-American mathematician and writer, most notable for his first and so far only novel, The Death of Vishnu.

Suri was born in Mumbai, India, which was then known as Bombay. He attended the University of Bombay before moving to the United States, where he attended Carnegie Mellon University. He received a PHD in mathematics in 1983, and became a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He still continues to hold this job even though he is more notable as a writer, and has risen through the academic ranks of the university. Suri began writing short stories in the 1980s during his spare time, but few were published. In 1995 he began writing The Death of Vishnu, a novel about social and religious tensions in India taking place in an apartment building in contemporary Mumbai. The novel was published in 2001, and became an international bestseller. According to an interview on the audio book version of the novel, Suri is planning to write two more novels, The Birth of Rama and The Life of Shiva. His work contains many allusions to Indian cinema and Hindu mythology.

Suri's mathematics research is in the numerical analysis of partial differential equations.


PhD 1983 Carnegie-Mellon University (advisor: R. C. MacCamy)

M.S. 1980 Carnegie-Mellon University

B.Sc. 1979 University of Mumbai (Bombay)

Academic employment:

1994-present UMBC (Professor)

1989-94 UMBC (Associate Professor)

1983-89 UMBC (Assistant Professor)


Short term appointments:


ETH Zurich, Switzerland (1996)

University of Rennes, France (1996)

Helsinki University of Technology, Finland (1993)

Brunel University, U.K (1992)

INRIA, France (1988)

Ph.D. Dissertations Directed:

2003 ``A posteriori estimation of the linearization and finite element approximation errors for strongly monotone nonlinear operators," Alexandra Chaillou

1998 ``Non-conforming hp finite element methods,'' Padmanabhan Seshaiyer

1997 ``Locking-free hp mixed finite element methods for linear and geometrically non-linear elasticity,'' Lawrence Chilton

1996 ``The approximation of boundary layers in the hp version of the finite element method,'' Christos Xenophontos

1992 ``The effect of quadrature error in the p version of the finite element method,'' Chang G. Kim.

Research Grants as Principal Investigator:

2000-04 ``hp finite element methods in failure prediction and material science.'' National Science Foundation.

2000-01 ``Conference on p and hp finite element methods.'' Army Research Office

2000 ``Conference on p and hp finite element methods.'' Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

1998-01 ``Standard, mixed and non-conforming hp finite element methods for problems in mechanics.'' AFOSR

1997-00 ``hp Finite Element Methods for Shells and Partitioned Domains.'' National Science Foundation

1995-98 ``Hierarchical hp Modeling and Locking Resolution in Laminated Plates and Shells.'' AFOSR

1992-95 ``Hierarchical Modeling and Locking Effects in the Numerical Analysis of Multistructures.'' AFOSR

1989-92 ``Numerical Treatment of Differential and Integral Equations by the p and hp Versions of the Finite Element Method''. AFOSR

1985-88 ``Analysis of the Performance of Mixed Finite Element Methods'', AFOSR

Editorial Positions:

Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis (1999-present)

Associate Editor, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics (1993-present)


1994-96 The MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation, work on the FEM code MSC-NASTRAN


American Mathematical Society

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics