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Fact Box: Mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh

Renowned mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh, who came to be known as India’s Einstein, passed away in Patna on 14 November. Born in Bihar, the 74 year old Vashishtha was suffering from a prolonged mental illness schizophrenia from the last 35 years.  He earned worldwide recognition when he challenged Einstein’s theory.

About Vashishtha Narayan Singh

He was born in a poor family in Basanatpur village of Bihar’s Bhojpur district on 2 April 1942. He moved to America in 1965 and finished his PhD on ‘reproducing kernels and operation with a cycle vector‘ from University of California, Berkely in 1969. He then went on to become an associate professor at Washington University and later even worked in US Space Agency NASA where he surprised many people with his mathematic skills. But in 1971 he returned to India and worked at IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay and ISI Kolkata.

He was fond of books, pens and diaries and after he returned from the US, he brought back 10 boxes of books with him. It is also said that at the time of launch of Apollo, the mathematical calculation done by Vashishtha Narayan were exactly same as computer’s calculations.

Nita Ambani elected to board of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Educationist, Philanthropist and Businesswoman Nita Ambani has been named the Honorary Trustee of New York City’s The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest U.S. art museum. In the museum’s 150-year of history, she is the first Indian Trustee. Her election took place at the meeting of the Museum’s board and the announcement in this regard was made by Daniel Brodsky, the Chairman of Museum.

Key Highlights

The 149-year-old Metropolitan Museum of Art, is considered as the largest and most visited art museums in the world. The museum draws billionaires, celebrities and millions of visitors a year to see art spanning 5,000 years from around the world.

Nita Ambani: She is the Founder and Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation. She is the wife of Asia’s richest person and Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani. She is first Indian to be so honoured.

Why is She elected? For her commitment to The Met and to preserving and promoting India’s art, culture and heritage. The Met also noted that the Reliance Foundation has sponsored key cultural events such as ‘Abbaji’, the annual concert of legendary musician Ustad Zakir Hussain, among the many efforts to recognize cultural legends of India and ensure their relevance to a younger generation.

In October 2017, the museum had also announced that Reliance Foundation promised a generous gift (without stating the amount of gift) to support exhibitions that explore and celebrate the arts of India.