Vashishtha Narayan Singh| The man who challenged the theory of the great Sir Albert Einstein

Mathematician_ Vashistha Narayan Singh

From Mahavira to Guru Govind Singh, from Aryabhatta to Dr Rajendra Prasad, Bihar has given the country and the world the precious gems. Bihar has provided the world with numerous discoveries, inventions, god’s gifts and infinitesimal talent.

Vashishtha Narayan Singh is one of those precious gems. This unsung hero has made the land of Bihar proud in every possible aspect. When most of us are striving hard to get a visa for USA this man came back to India in 1972 to serve in academics.

He was born on 2 April 1942 in Basantpur village of Bhojpur district in Bihar, India to Lal Bahadur Singh and Lahaso Devi. He received his primary and secondary education from Netarhat Residential School and college education from Patna Science College. Vashishtha Narayan Singh became a legend as a student when he was allowed by Patna University to appear in the two year course of B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics in its very first year. This achievement of his still mentioned with a sense of pride by Netarhat Vidyalay He received PhD on Reproducing Kernels and Operators with a Cyclic Vector from University of California, Berkeley, in 1969.

He married in 1974 post which he has suffered from schizophrenia. After a few years of marriage he and his wife were separated due to his illness. In 1988 he went missing and was traced back in 1992 as a homeless person near Siwan, Bihar, India. He then was treated in NIMHANS in Bangalore between 1993 and 1997.

After his PhD, he worked on space theory at NASA and then returned to India in 1973 to teach at ISI Kolkata, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and TIFR(Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) Bombay. In 2014, he was appointed as guest faculty in Bhupendra Narayan Mandal University (BNMU) in Madhepura as a visiting professor.

Unfortunately, he has not been given the respect, recognition and love that he deserves. He is living his life in dismay and disguise from what he has achieved and given to the world.

The man who challenged to theory of the great Sir Albert Einstein deserved much more than he is being given.

Vashistha Narayan Singh
A painful photo of a great mathematician!

His Journey

1942: Born
1961: Passed matriculation from Bihar Board

1961: Admitted to the prestigious Science College, Patna
1963: Went to University of California, Berkley to study Mathematics under Prof. John L. Kelley
1963 – 1969: Pursued special MSc in Mathematics.
1969: Got PhD from University of California, Berkley, USA
1969: Joined NASA as an Associate Scientist Professor in Washington DC, USA
1969 – 1972: Remained in NASA
1972: Returned to India
1972: Joined as a Lecturer in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.
1972 – 1977: Joined as a lecturer in IIT Kanpur, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Bombay and Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata.
1977: shows symptom of Mental illness, Schizophrenia, admitted to the mental hospital at Ranchi, then Bihar, now in Jharkhand.
1977 – 1988:under treatment.
1988- Left home without informing anyone.
1988 – 1992: There was no information about him.

1992-(Feb. Month): He was found in a poor condition in Siwan, Bihar.

At Present-Staying at Home,under treatment.
2013 – Lives in complete anonymity with none to care for him.
Long live the legend.

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Santshree Sinha

A multitudinous freelancer having varied interests in creative field. A philonoist and knowledge enthusiast.

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