Bachelor of Science in Physics, J&K University, 1960. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Regional Engineering College, Srinagar, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 1973.
Associate lecturer Regional Engineering College, Srinagar, India, 1967-1968. From research fellow to associate professor Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, 1968-1986, professor, 1987—2005, Henry Ford chair emeritus professor, since 2005. Visitor Cambridge (England) University, 1977, 81, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, England, 1988, 90, 92-93, 96.
Alexander von Humboldt fellow Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, 1981, 85, 90. Visiting professor Science University, Tokyo, 1991, University Cape Town, South Africa, 1996. Erskine fellow University Canterbury, New Zealand, 1995.
Editor: Plasticity and Impact Mechanics, 1993, 96, 2003. Co-editor: Stress Waves in Solids, 1973, Large Deformations, 1978, 84. Member editorial board International Journal Impact Engineering, International Journal Mechanical Sciences, International Journal Crashworthiness, International Journal Thin-walled Structures, Latin American International Journal Solids and Structures, others.Contributor articles to professional journals.
Fellow Indian National Academy Engineering, National Academy of Sciences (India), Aeronautical Society India, Institute Engineers, Indian National Science Academy, World Innovation Foundation. Member India International Centre, Indian Society Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (life, president 1995-1997), Indian Society Mechanical Engineers (life, president 1996-1998, 98-2000), Indian Society Technology Education (life), Society Industrial and Applied Mathematics (life), Indian Society Advancement Material and Process Engineering (life), Aeronautical Society India (life), Society Engineering Science.
Married Rashmi Gupta. Children: Shivanshu, Shalav.