Dr. Mangala Narlikar, a renowned mathematician and the wife of Dr. Jayant Narlikar, the founder and director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) based in Pune, has sadly passed away at the age of 80.
Dr. Mangala Narlikar dedicated her career to research in pure mathematics. She began her professional journey at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai and later served as a lecturer at universities in Bombay and Pune. Her areas of expertise encompassed various branches of mathematics, including real and complex analysis, analytic geometry, number theory, algebra, and topology.
Throughout her career, Dr. Mangala Narlikar made significant contributions to the field of mathematics, furthering our understanding of complex mathematical concepts. Her work and dedication have left a lasting impact on the mathematical community.
Her passing is a loss for the academic and scientific community, and her contributions to the field of mathematics will be remembered and cherished.
About Dr. Mangala Narlikar
Dr. Mangala Narlikar was an Indian mathematician who did research in pure mathematics as well as written for a lay audience. After her degree in mathematics, she initially worked at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai and later worked as a lecturer at the University of Bombay and Pune.
She was born on May 17, 1943, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She received degrees of B. A. (Maths) in 1962 and M.A. (Maths) in 1964 with first rank and also won the Chancellor’s gold medal. She married Jayant Narlikar, a well-known cosmologist and physicist, in 1966. They have three daughters, Geeta, Girija, and Leelavati, all of whom have pursued careers in science; one (Geeta) is a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California, San Francisco, and the other two are in computer science.
Dr. Narlikar’s research interests included differential geometry, topology, and general relativity. She published several papers in these areas, and she also wrote a number of popular books on mathematics, including “Fun and Fundamentals of Mathematics” and “Glimpses of Mathematics.”
Dr. Narlikar was a gifted mathematician and a talented writer. She was also a dedicated teacher and a role model for women in science. She died on July 17, 2023, at the age of 80.
Some of her notable works
- Fun and Fundamentals of Mathematics: This book is a popular introduction to mathematics for the layperson. It covers a wide range of topics, from basic arithmetic to more advanced concepts such as calculus and differential geometry.
- Glimpses of Mathematics: This book is a collection of essays on various aspects of mathematics. It covers topics such as the history of mathematics, the philosophy of mathematics, and the applications of mathematics to other fields.
- The Light of Many Suns: This book is a biography of her husband, Jayant Narlikar. It tells the story of his life and work, and it also provides insights into the history of science and cosmology.
Dr. Narlikar’s work has had a significant impact on the field of mathematics. She was a gifted mathematician and a talented writer, and her work has inspired and informed people of all ages. She will be remembered as a pioneer in the field of mathematics and a role model for women in science.
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