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Bihar mathematician who challenged Einstein’s theory of relativity is no more


PATNA: Eminent mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh died after prolonged illness at a government hospital in Patna today. He was 74 and suffering from schizophrenia for the past 40 years.

Singh who had challenged the Einstein’s theory of relativity was rushed to the Patna Medical College and Hospital on Thursday after his condition deteriorated but died soon thereafter. He belonged to Basantpur village in Bhojpur district in Bihar.

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Singh had done PHD in Mathematics from Berkeley California University in 1969 and taught math in Washington. He had done research on Cyclic Vector Space Theory.

He returned to India in 1971 and worked with the IIT, Kanpur and Indian Institute of Statistics, Kolkata. He was also a visiting professor with the BN mandal University, Madhepura.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over his death and announced to conduct his last rites with full state honours. He described his death as irreparable loss to the state and the country.

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