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         The cosmologist has rendered yeoman service to the popularisation of astronomy and astrophysics, even through science fiction for which he is very well-known
2011 by the Government of Maharash- tra. He was the founder Director of the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), a premier institute for state-of-art research in ob- servational and theoretical astrophysics, located in Pune. I consider it as a great honour to write about him for Science India readers.
It is important to note that Prof Vish- nu Vasudev Narlikar, father of Prof Jay- ant Narlikar, was a well-known math- ematician of his time. He was invited by the founder of Banaras Hindu Uni- versity (BHU), Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, to look after the Mathematics Department of the University. Prof Jay- ant Narlikar was the eldest son of Prof Vishnu Vasudev Narlikar and Sumati Narlikar. Born on July 19, 1938 at Kol- hapur, Maharashtra, he inherited the legacy of a scholarly family; his mother was also a Sanskrit scholar. He received early education in the BHU campus. He
Prof Jayant Vishnu Narlikar
Always onTop in the Numbers Game
 n Dr Arvind C Ranade
What we see in the Universe remains the same irrespec- tive of what, when and where we see! This is the precise idea of the quasi-steady state Universe put forth by pioneering astronomers of the 20th century. India has one such revolu- tionary member of the group who even today believes in the same and is able to answer the changing density of matter in expanding universe. He is none other
than Prof Jayant Vishnu Narlikar.
In India, he is also known for his outstanding work on the frontiers of gravity and Mach’s Principle, quantum cosmology, quasar, blackhole and ac- tion at a distance physics. Apart from his hardcore research of steady state cosmol- ogy, he is largely known for his science fiction and non-fiction writings as well as his efforts as an extraordinary science communicator. He is the recipient of the prestigious Kalinga Award (1996) for his outstanding contribution in populari- sation of science. The limited scope of this article permits me to mention only some of the notable recognitions which include the second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan in 2004 by the Gov- ernment of India and the highest state civilian award Maharashtra Bhushan in
        Image Courtesy: Dr Arvind C Ranade

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