V.V. RAMANAN

Answers:

1. Facebook
2. Himachal Pradesh
3. Ryan Giggs of Manchester United
4. Parsec (parallax of one arcsecond)
5. Jakarta
6. L.L. Zamenhof
7. Hyderabad
8. Buck
9. Krusty the Clown in ‘The Simpsons'
10. Captain James Cook
11. A cold soup
12. Iota
13. 400m and the 400m hurdles
14. Oxford English Dictionary
15. Paris.