LET’S REMEMBER ALIVE AND GREATEST MATHEMATICIAN OF THE PRESENT TIME
Very few people know about Dr. Vasistha Narayan Singh, Who is the the greatest Mathematician alive. Who traveled a lot in journey of his life from a typical undeveloped village in Bihar to USA, village primary school to Science College Patna and then University of California, Berkley.The mathematician who challenged works of Great Scientist Albert Einstien. It was related to his Theory of Relativity (E = MC2).
Some information Name - Dr. Vashistha Narayan Singh Village - Basantpur,(12 Km. from ARA), Bhojpur, Bihar Family - Poor Family, Father Constable in Bihar Police. Class X - Netarhat Vidyalaya. Class XII - Science College,Patna Completed his PhD in year 1969 from University of California under the supervision of Prof John L. Kelley. His PhD dissertation title was "Reproducing Kernels and Operators with a Cyclic Vector". He is the record holder for Bihar Board in Matriculation Examination and Bihar Intermediate Education Council for Intermediate Exams Sciene College.
In earlymid 1960's Bihar College of Engineering Patna, was in much better shape and world class faculty members used to visit the College. There was some Mathematics Conference in Bihar College of Engineering during mid 60's where Prof John L. Kelley, HOD University of California, Berkley(UCB) as also present. He had presented a list of 5 most difficult problems in Mathematics or so. Vasistha Narayan Singh solved all of them and that too in different ways. This Berkley professor got impressed and requested him to come to Berkley for further study. Vasistha Narayan Singh told him that it would be difficult for him to come to US on his own. HOD promised all the help and kept the word. HOD arranged for visa and flight ticket and got him into UCB. He took good care of Vasistha Narayan Singh at UCB as Vasistha Narayan Singh is a shy person. Vasistha Narayan Singh did not let down HOD and did his PhD with style and went on to work for NASA. His Ph.D Dissertation Title was : “ Reproducing Kernels and Operators with a Cyclic Vector”.
In the meantime, Vasistha Narayan Singh had nationalistic dreams and thought of doing his matribhoomi, Bharat, proud; rather that stay on in US as his HOD and NASA wanted him to do. He returned to India and worked at ISI Cal, IIT K and TIFR Bombay. His parents got him married to an Army Officer's Daughter with some good dowry. This army officer was from Jaipur. Due to reasons unknown, marriage did not work out and his wife left him after sometime to never come back again to him. This left him heartbroken and made his condition worse. Soon after that, He lost his mental balance and was admitted to Mental Hospital, Kanke, Ranchi. But, Dr Jagannath Mishra got him out of Kanke as he had to get some other person admitted there, in the VIP ward. He did go to Merutt hospital and after that he ran away. He suffers from Schizonfrania. He has been treated by NIMHANS Bangalore also but not much details are available. His family did not have enough money to support his treatment and Bihar Govt threw him out of Kanke which made his condition worst. It appears that he fled from Merut Mental Hospital and was untraceable for many years until someone from his village saw him as a ragpicker in Chapra in mid 90s and informed his family.
<ul><li>Medicational help is not much of help in this diesease. He need a proper environment to come back to normal life. Age is also a factor in recovery. A proper nutrition and life long medication can re-vitalize his life. But he needs a research related assignment and academic environment to be normal; besides having a loving family. Mentally, he is still living in the age of 20-30, though he may be 60 + as of today. </li></ul>
Hats off to Dr. Vasistha Narayan Singh. I wish for his good health to God. Arvind Singh