R Gopu, was born and brought up in Madras. He obtained a BE in Computer
Engineering from Arulmigu Kalasalingam College of Engineering (now a deemed
university) in Srivilliputhur and an MS in Computer Science from the Texas A&M
University in College Station, Texas, USA. He then worked in the US, as a software
engineer, mostly at Microsoft in Seattle.
Bored of software, he returned to India to pursue a career in writing and screenwriting.
But his interest turned in other directions, primarily history, and heritage, including the
history of science and technology. He lectures on these and other topics at various fora.
His articles on several topics have been published in national magazines like The
Week, the New Indian Express and Swarajya.
As part of the Tamil Heritage Trust he has attended several Site Seminars. He helped
organize its various programs including two day conferences on history and heritage
called Lecture Kacheris.
He has conducted tours of Mamallapurm, Orissa, Kanchipuram, Tanjavur,
Kumbakonam and the Madras Egmore Museum for several groups including schools
In 2016, Ramu Endowments bestowed on him, the Vedavalli Memorial Heritage Award
for services to Culture.
As part of the Madras Local History group, he participated in the Cooum and Adyar
He is one of the co founders of the Varahamihira Science Forum, which conducts
monthly lectures on science for the public. He conducts a course on Indian Astronomy
and Mathematics, for the general public.