Romila Thapar is an eminent historian, whose core area of study is ancient India. Born on November 30, 1931 she is the daughter of army doctor Daya Ram Thapar. She attained a doctorate in Indian history from School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London in 1958. Thapar is currently Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Thapar is a visiting professor at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the College de France in Paris. Thapar was a reader in Ancient Indian History at Kurukshetra University and then in Delhi University before joining Jawaharlal Nehru University as a Professor. Thapar's major works are Aśoka and the Decline of the Mauryas, Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations, Recent Perspectives of Early Indian History (editor), A History of India Volume One, and Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300. Her recent work on Somnath examines the evolution of the historiographies about the legendary Gujarat temple.