Vashishtha Narayan Singh

Vashishtha Narayan Singh

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Vashishtha Narayan Singh Profile

  • Name:
  • Vashishtha Narayan Singh
  • Died:
  • November 14, 2019
  • Father:
  • Lal Bahadur Singh
  • Mother:
  • Lahaso Devi

Vashishtha Narayan Singh Biography

Vashishtha Narayan Singh was an eminent mathematician from Basantpur, Bhojpur District, Bihar. This renowned mathematician is best known for his work of reproducing Kernels and Operators with a Cyclic Vector. He received Ph. D from University of California, Berkeley, in 1969 for this thesis. He suffered from schizophrenia for long years since the age of 40, and his wife left him for this reason. He passed away on 14 November 2019 in Patna aged 77. He was a long-forgotten legend in the field of mathematics. Singh was known for challenging theories of Albert Einstein.


Vashishtha Narayan Singh was born on the 2nd of April, 1942 in Bihar. His native village is Basantpur, Bhojpur District. He schooled from Netarhat Residential School, and later graduated from Patna Science College. He was an extra ordinary brilliant student during his academics. He later received Ph.D. in Reproducing Kernels and Operators with a Cyclic Vector from University of California, Berkeley, in 1969 under the guidance of John L. Kelley. After two years he returned to India and joined IIT Kanpur as a lecturer.


After eight months, he joined TIFR and worked there for a brief period. He was appointed as a permanent faculty in I.S.I Kolkata in 1973 where he worked for many years. He also taught at Bhupendra Narayan Mandal University (BNMU) in Madhepura as a guest professor in 2014. He got married at the age of 32. However because of his mental illness, his wife left him after a few years. During his last years he stayed in his village. However no help was given by the government and everyone forgot him. He loved playing flute.


Published: November 26, 2019

Updated: November 26, 2019

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