Virendra Singh (physicist)

Virendra Singh
Born(1938-06-08) June 8, 1938 (age 79)
Bijnor, British Raj
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma mater
Known forStudies on High energy physics
Scientific career
Doctoral advisor

Virendra Singh (born June 8, 1938) is an Indian theoretical physicist and a former C. V. Raman chair professor and director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Known for his research in high energy physics, Singh is an elected fellow of all the three major Indian science academies - Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Sciences, India as well as The World Academy of Sciences. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, one of the highest Indian science awards, for his contributions to Physical Sciences in 1973.[1][note 1]


Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Early life and education

Born in Bijnor in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Singh completed his schooling at Dev Nagri Inter College, Meerut in 1951 and passed the intermediate course from Meerut College of Agra University in 1953.[2] After earning a BSc in physics, chemistry and mathematics in 1955 and an MSc in physics in 1957 from the same institution, he joined Tata Institute of Fundamental Research as a research assistant the same year. Subsequently, taking a sabbatical from service, he enrolled for doctoral studies at University of California, Berkeley and worked under the guidance of Geoffrey Chew, known for his contributions to the fields of mesons and bootstrap model, to secure a PhD in 1962.[3] He stayed in the US to complete his post-doctoral work at three institutions, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1959–62) as a graduate student, California Institute of Technology (1962–63) as a research fellow with Murray Gell-Mann[4] and Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1963–64) as a member.[5]


On his return to India in 1964, he resumed his career at TIFR and served the institution in such various capacities as a professor (1970–81), senior professor (1981–90), and a professor of eminence till his superannuation from service in 2003. During this period, he held the directorship of the institution from 1987 to 1997. Post-retirement, he continued his association with TIFR as a C. V. Raman Research Professor of the Indian National Science Academy till 2008.[3] In between, he had two short stints at Rockefeller University, first as a visiting associate professor during (1966–67) and then as a visiting professor during (1971–72).[2] When the Indian Physics Association and the Institute of Physics jointly introduced an exchange lecture program in honor of John Douglas Cockcroft, Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton and Homi J. Bhabha in 1998, he was the first to deliver the Homi Bhabha lecture in 2000.[2][6]

Personal life

Singh lives in Andheri west in Mumbai.[7]

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