- Abhay Ashtekar is an Indian physicist.
- He was born on July 5, 1949, in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
- He studied under Professor Robert Geroch at the University of Chicago and received his doctorate in 1974.
- He is the Eberly Professor of Physics and Director of the Institute for Gravity Physics and Geometry at Pennsylvania State University.
- As the creator of Ashtekar’s variables, he is one of the founders of loop quantum gravity.
- He was awarded First Gravity Prize by the Gravity Research Foundation, Massachusetts.