Prahalad Chunnilal Vaidya
Born:23 May 1918
Died:12 March 2010
- He was an Indian physicist and mathematician, renowned for his instrumental work in the general theory of relativity.
- Apart from his scientific career, he was also an educationist and a follower of Gandhian philosophy in post-independence India, specifically in his domicile state Gujarat.
- After his research stint at BHU, he went to a number of places to teach mathematics, including science institutions in Surat, Rajkot and Mumbai.
- During a small period of 1947 – 48, he went to Tata Institute of Fundamental Research as a research associate.
- There he became associated with Homi Bhabha, father of India’s nuclear program.
- Due to accommodation constraints, he left Mumbai, and continued the rest of his academic career in Gujarat.
- From 1948 to 1971, he taught at various colleges including: V. P. College, Vallabh Vidyanagar; Gujarat College, Ahmedabad; M.N. College, Visnagar; and University School of Sciences, Gujarat University.
- He was a recipient of the Bombay University’s Springer Research Scholarship.
- His initial research under this scholarship resulted in a paper that he sent to Robert Oppenheimer, who appreciated the paper and sent it to the American Physical Society journal Physical Review.
- The journal published the paper in 1951.
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