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Manohar Shyam Joshi & Alladi Ramakrishnan

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Manohar Shyam Joshi & Alladi Ramakrishnan

Manohar Shyam Joshi

Born: 9 August 1933

Died: 30 March 2006

  • He was a Hindi writer, journalist, and scriptwriter, most well known as the writer of Indian television’s first soap opera, Hum Log (1984) and his early hits Buniyaad (1987), Kakaji Kahin, a political satire and Kasap, a novel which won him the Sahitya Akademi Award.
  • He had a long stint as a journalist in broadcast and print media.
  • He worked first with All India Radio, New Delhi, in the Hindi news section and then with the Films Division of India in Mumbai, where he wrote the scripts for many documentaries.
  • This is when he started writing his famous landmark interviews with ordinary folks, which were serialized in the Sarikamagazine.
  • It was not long before he was handpicked by Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan Agyeya for a new Hindi news magazine Dinmaan, being brought out by the Times of India group.
  • Agyeya was to be the editor and Joshi the assistant editor.
  • Later, he concurrently edited the leading Hindi magazine Saptahik Hindustan, along with the English Weekend Review and, in the late 70s, the Morning Echo weekly all brought out by the Hindustan Times.
  • His journalistic writings have covered a wide range of topics from popular science and scintillating travelogues to astute political analyses.
  • Until his death, he wrote an opinion column for Outlook Saptahik, Hindi magazine from Outlook India.

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Alladi Ramakrishnan

Born: 9 August 1923

Died: 7 June 2008

  • He was an Indian physicist and the founder of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences(Matscience) in Chennai.
  • He made contributions to the stochastic process, particle physics, algebra of matrices, special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.
  • After completing his studies at Presidency College, Ramakrishnan started working with Homi Bhabha at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).
  • At TIFR, Bhabha introduced him to Cascade Theory and Fluctuation Problem of Cosmic Radiation.
  • In August 1949, he left for England to work under M. S. Bartlett at the University of Manchester.
  • His work on Product Densities that he did while at TIFR was good enough work for a Ph.D.
  • But he stayed in Manchester for two more years to complete his residency requirements.
  • His work on Product Densities appeared in the Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society.
  • During the 1950s, he worked on the problem of Fluctuating Density Field and published a series of eight papers on the subject.
  • From 1957–1958 he visited the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
  • It was the Institute of Advanced Study that inspired him to start a similar institution in India.
  • He is noted for his work in quantum mechanics on giving a prescription for a transition from Pauli to Dirac matrices.
  • He also published several papers giving simple but insightful geometric derivations for the Lorentz transformations.

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