A history professor from Houston, Texas...

Babu Srinivasan

Date of first appearance:
I taped them around Valentine's Day of 2001, and I think they aired the 2nd week of May 2001. I don't remember the exact dates. Ironic, because I teach history for a living.

Total Winnings:
• Original show: $75,100 + a Corvette
• 2001 Tournament of Champions: $5,000
• Million Dollar Masters Tournament: $10,000

Do you have a nickname based on your Jeopardy! reputation?
Many people at work call me That Guy Who Was on Jeopardy! Seriously.

Is there something unique about your competition?
I was the leading money winner for the 2000-2001 season.

Favorite anecdote associated with being on the show?
I got an e-mail once from a mother of an autistic child somewhere in New England. Seems the boy loved Jeopardy! and after I was on kept asking when Babu was coming back. Fortunately, the Jeopardy! Corporation aims to please.

Did being on Jeopardy! have any affect on your life?
Since I took an oath of chastity and poverty to get a history degree, being on Jeopardy! solved one of those problems. Actually, you don't have to take an oath of chastity to get a history degree. It just kind of works out that way.

Did you do anything crazy with the winnings?
I bought a condo and remodeled it. I was going to put a wood floor in it, but one of my contractors stole it. I replaced it with a very nice, environmentally friendly bamboo, and this time I had it nailed down.

Is there anything else you would like viewers to know about you?
I was born in a log cabin my father built on Manhatten, a tiny island off the coast of Newark. My father, a poor immigrant psychiatrist, later blazed a trail across the savage continent to Texas, bringing with him a savage wife, four savage kids, nine savage cats, and three mildly aggressive dogs. There, after a brief childhood, I received an education culminating in being granted a Ph.D. in history. I then learned the true meaning of history: there's no future in it. After that, I got on Jeopardy! and there was much rejoicing.

"His aggressive wagering helped him become the biggest winner from the 2000-2001 season. Still a history professor from Houston, Texas..."

2014 Battle of the Decades invitee: $5,000.
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 player: $5,000.
2002 Million Dollar Masters tournament quarterfinalist: $10,000.
2001 Tournament of Champions semifinalist: $5,000.
Season 17 5-time champion: $75,100 + a Corvette.

According to the official Jeopardy! web site, Babu's full name is "Sethuraman Srinivasan Jr." The UToC web site listed Babu's residence as Cypress, Texas.

Babu appeared in the following archived game:
#4710, aired 2005-02-11 Melissa Seal vs. Babu Srinivasan vs. Arthur Phillips 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 3.
Babu previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Babu Srinivasan in the following archived game:
#4082, aired 2002-05-07 Robin Carroll vs. India Cooper vs. Babu Srinivasan 2002 Million Dollar Masters quarterfinal game 5.
Babu would later appear on Jeopardy! as Babu Srinivasan in the following archived game:
#6786, aired 2014-03-03 Rachael Schwartz vs. Babu Srinivasan vs. Eddie Timanus Battle of the Decades: The 1990s game 1.

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