Eluvathingal D. Jemmis was born in Chevoor, Kerala and educated at the village school. After obtaining B.Sc. (University of Calicut; University College, Trivandrum and St. Thomas College, Thrissur) and M.Sc. ( Indian Institute of Technology,Kanpur) Jemmis moved to Princeton University in 1973 to work with Prof. Paul von Rague Schleyer. During the formal Princeton years moving along with his supervisor, Jemmis spent a semester at the University of Munich (Fall, 1974) and four semesters at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg(1976-77).

After several collaborative projects with his supervisor and Professors Lee Allen and John Pople, a Ph.D. degree was received from Princeton in 1978. A two year postdoc at Cornell University (Prof. Roald Hoffmann) followed. In 1980 Jemmis joined the then fledgling School of Chemistry,University of Hyderabad where he became a Professor in 1990. After 25 years in Hyderabad, Dr. Jemmis accepted an invitation from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and joined the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry of IISc. Jemmis was a Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra (1991) and a Visiting Professor at the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry of the University of Georgia, Athens(2000).