Raj Pathria

Raj Pathria

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  • Name:
  • Raj Pathria
  • Born:
  • March 30, 1933

Raj Pathria Biography

Raj Pathria is a theoretical physicist and an Urdu poet from Ramdas near Amritsar, Punjab. As a scientist, Mathematical Physics, Statistical Mechanics and Theory of Relativity are the main fields of his work and he worked on superfluidity in liquid helium, Lorentz transformation of thermodynamic quantities, finite-size effects in phase transitions etc. Raj has also authored many books on science and physics. His book Statistical Mechanics is used as a part of syllabus for graduation. He is a recipient of Fellowship of the American Physical Society in 1976, "Distinguished Teacher award" by University of Waterloo in 1977 and distinguished professor emeritus by University of Waterloo, 1999.


Raj Pathria hails from Punjab. He was born on March 30, 1933. Currently he resides in San Diego, US, and has the citizenship of both US and Canada. Ramji Das Pathria and Mela Devi Pathria were his parents, and he was born into a middle class family in Amritsar. His schooling was done in Ramdas, followed by his higher studies at Panjab University, Hoshiarpur. He completed his doctoral studies from Delhi University in 1957. The following year he joined the University of Delhi as a lecturer in physics, and for many years he served as a faculty. In 1964 he moved to Canada after accepting a visiting professor job.


While at the University of Delhi, his research works were primarily concentrated on statistical mechanics. But after he reached Canada, he conducted research works in the diverse field of statistical mechanics. In 1967, he returned to India and joined Panjab University as a professor, and two years later he returned to Canada. He retired from the University of Waterloo in August 1998 and moved to US.


Published: February 27, 2019

Updated: February 27, 2019

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