Dr.Robert Goldman is the William and Catherine Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Sanskrit at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the General Editor and a principal translator of the seven volumeTheVālmīki Rāmāyaṇa: An Epic of Ancient India, aconsortial translation and scholarly annotation of epic poem's Critical Edition as prepared by scholars of the Oriental Institute of Baroda, India. Dr. Goldman earned his BA at Columbia University and his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. His major areas of interest are Hinduism, Sanskrit epic and literary studies and Indian cultural history. He is a former Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Religion and Ethics at the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Professor Goldman was honored with the President of India's Certificate of Honour for Sanskrit (International) in 2013.