Prabhu Lal Bhatnagar & Dilip Narayan Sardesai

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Prabhu Lal Bhatnagar & Dilip Narayan Sardesai

Prabhu Lal Bhatnagar 

Born: 8 August 1912

Died: 5 October 1976

  • He commonly addressed as P. L. Bhatnagar, was an Indian mathematician known for his contribution to the Bhatnagar–Gross–Krook operator used in Lattice Boltzmann methods (LBM).
  • His research career started at the Allahabad University under the supervision of Prof. B. N. Prasad on summability theory but soon he joined Prof. Amiya Charan Banerjee to work in differential equations.
  • The results of his work (with Prof. Banerji, published in Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences, 1938) are included in the book of Erich Kamke.
  • He became interested in the area of astrophysics after coming in contact with Meghnad Saha.
  • In 1939 he obtained DPhil degree in mathematics for his thesis titled On the Origin of the Solar System.
  • In 1939 he joined St. Stephen’s College, Delhi on the invitation of S. N. Mukherjee and spent the next 16 years there.
  • There he worked on the theory of white dwarfs, independently and together with Daulat Singh Kothari.
  • He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India on 26 January 1968.

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Dilip Narayan Sardesai

Born: 8 August 1940

Died: 2 July 2007

  • He was an Indian international cricketer.
  • He played Tests for the Indian national team as a batsman, the only Goa-born cricketer to play for India, and was often regarded as one of India’s better batsmen against spin, although Indian batsmen have been known to play better against spin anyways.
  • He had little to show in first-class cricket in 1961–62, except for a 281 against Gujarat in a university match. He was included in the India team for the Second Test of England’s India tour, in Kanpur, in December 1961.
  • Leading up to the Test, he was described as an “aggressive stroke player”.
  • His career had seemed over when he was picked for the Indian tour of West Indies in 1970–71.
  • In the First Test at Kingston, India lost the first five wickets for 75, before Sardesai hit 212 runs and took the total to 387.
  • His 112 in the next Test at Port of Spain led to India’s first victory over the West Indies.
  • He hit another 150 in the Fourth Test after India were 70 for 6.
  • His 642 runs in the series stood as an Indian record for five days before Sunil Gavaskar went past it.
  • It was India’s first victory over West Indies in a series and Vijay Merchant, the chairman of selectors, called Sardesai the “renaissance man of Indian cricket”.
  • He scored 54 and 40 in the Indian win over England at the Oval in 1971, which led to another series win.
  • His career ended one Test later, and he retired from all cricket at the end of the 1972–73 season.

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