Vashishtha Narayan Singh
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A brief biography
Born in a poor family of Basantpur village in Bhojpur district of Bihar on April 2, 1942, Mr. Singh, 77, had done his matriculation from Netarhat residential school and did graduation from Patna Science College where he met American Professor John L Kelley, who invited him to Berkeley, U.S. for research.
In 1963, he went to California University for research and completed his PhD on “on cycle vector space theory” from University of California, Berkely in 1969 and later worked as professor of mathematics in Washington University, NASA.
After returning to India he worked as an Associate Professor in IIT-Kanpur and Kolkata. He is also said to have challenged great scientist Einstein’s theory of relativity. After returning to India in 1971 he got married in 1973 but soon he was separated from his wife. He was fond of reading books on mathematics and playing flute.
However, soon he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. For over four decades he was living with this illness. In 1987 he returned to his village but two years later he disappeared from a journey. After four years in 1993 he was found outside a roadside eatery in Doriganj near Chhapra of Saran district.
Since then he was living with his younger brother and other family members in an apartment near the hospital in Patna.
However, the much needed help came from the Netarhat Old Boys Association (NOBA) for his medical treatment and other facilities.
Renowned mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh died at a government hospital in Patna. Mr. Singh, who had worked at the NASA in the U.S. and IITs in India, had been suffering from schizophrenia for a long time. The State has announced a full state funeral for the mathematician.