March 21, 2023

Vashishtha Narayan Singh an Indian Mathematician

With an old man

Holding a pencil in his hand, he is traveling around the whole house. Sometimes a newspaper, sometimes a copy, sometimes a wall, sometimes a railing of a house, writing something wherever he wished, with some bubbling.

The housemates keep looking at him, sometimes tears in their eyes and sometimes smiles on their faces.

This 70-year-old man was popularly known as ‘Scientist’ in his youth. Meet the great mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh.

Vashishtha Narayan Singh

Who has been suffering from schizophrenia for nearly 40 years, is living a life of anonymity in an apartment in Patna. Even now, the book, copy and a pencil are his best friends.


Bhai Ayodhya Singh, who is living with him in Patna, says, “He brought 10 boxes of books with him from America, which he still reads. Like any other small child, once in three-four days a copy for him, pencil. Have to bring it.

Vashishtha Narayan Singh challenged Einstein’s theory of relativity. It is famous about him that when the 31 computers were shut down for some time before the launch of Apollo at NASA, the calculus of them and the computers was one when the computer was recovered.

As a student

In Patna Science College, he used to interrupt his mathematics teacher for wrong teaching. When the college principal came to know, he was taken a separate examination in which he broke all academic records.

In the family of five siblings, financial constraints were always encamped. But this did not eclipse his talent.

Talent recognition

When Vashishtha Narayan Singh studied in Patna Science College, Professor John Kelly of the University of California caught sight of him. Kaili recognized his talent and in 1965 Vashishtha Narayan moved to the USA.

In 1969, he did his PhD from the University of California and became an associate professor at the University of Washington. Also worked at NASA but did not mind and returned to India in 1971.

First IIT Kanpur, then IIT Bombay, and then ISI Kolkata.

Meanwhile, in 1973, he got married to Vandana Rani Singh. The family members say that this was the time when people came to know about Vasishtha’s unusual behavior.

His sister-in-law Prabhavati says, “He was very angry at small things, took the whole house on his head, closed the room and studied all day and day, kept him awake all night. He used to eat some medicines too but he would have deferred the question of medicines.
Sickness and shock
Vandana also got upset due to this unusual behavior and got divorced. This was a big shock to Vashistha Narayan.

It was around this time that he was also disturbed by the behavior of his colleagues in ISI Kolkata.

Bhai Ayodhya Singh says, “Bhaiya (Vasishtha ji) used to tell that many professors got his research printed in his name, and this used to bother him a lot.”

He had his first attack in 1974, after which he began treatment. When this did not happen, he was admitted to Ranchi in 1976.

According to the family, if the treatment was done properly, then they were likely to be cured. But the family was poor and there was little help from the government.

In 1987, Vashistha Narayan returned to his village. But suddenly disappeared in 89. In the year 1993, he was found in a very pathetic condition in Doriganj, Saran.

‘All will go to waste’

Ayodhya Singh, brother of Dr. Vasistha, retired from the Army, says, “After the intervention of the then Defense Minister, I was transferred to Bangalore where Bhaiya was treated. But then I was transferred and could not be treated. From then until now He is at home. ”
Dr. Vashistha’s family is now hopeful about his treatment. Boxes filled with books in the house, things written by Vasishtha Babu on the walls, copies written by him now scare him. Afraid that after Vasishtha Babu, it will all be sold like a trash.

As her sister-in-law Prabhavati also says, “If the minister’s dog falls ill in India, then the line of doctors comes in. But now we are worried about books not treating them. made.”

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