Ramesh Gangolli was born in Bangalore, India, and educated at the Universities of Bombay and Cambridge, and at MIT. After taking
his doctoral degree at MIT, he taught there for a year before joining the faculty of the University of Washington, Seattle in 1962. He taught in the
Department of Mathematics, serving as
Chair between 1981-84 and 1991-93. He has been active in mathematical
research as well in education during most of his career, and has served
in a number capacities in service to the profession:on advisory committees of the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council, as a Trustee of the American Mathematical Society, Chair of the AMS's Committee on Education, and in many other
For the last five years he has acted as a PI of two (NSF
supported) projects involving K-12 mathematics teachers from six school districts in the Seattle Metropolitan Area. One of
these is an LSC project involving middle and high school teachers, the other being an Elementary school project that focuses on leadership as well as systemic issues.
Ramesh Gangolli also maintains a serious interest in the classical music of India. He trained as a vocalist under the guidance of several well-known vocalists of India, and has given many recitals and lecture/demonstrations
of the Music of North India. He has also bee engaged in the
study of the texts of the oral repertoire of the hereditary lineages of musicians of India.
He is currently Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Washington.