C.K. Prahalad was born in 1941 in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. His father was a well-known Sanskrit scholar and judge in Chennai. At 19, he joined Union Carbide, he was recruited by the manager of the local Union Carbide battery plant after completing his degree in Physics from Loyola College, Chennai, part of the University of Madras. He worked there for four years. Prahalad then went to the Indian Institute of Management, where he fell in love with Gayatri, a young psychology student at a nearby university. After five years spent trying to win their families' approval, the couple married and left for Harvard, where Prahalad wrote a PhD thesis on multinational management.