Important Events Of January 2
S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan Birth Anniversary
- Srinivasa was born in Chennai (then Madras) in 1940.
- Varadhan, whom everyone calls Raghu, came to these shores from his native India in the fall of 1963.
- He arrived by plane at Idlewild Airport and proceeded to Manhattan by bus. His destination was that famous institution with the modest name, The Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, where he had been given a postdoctoral fellowship.
- Varadhan was assigned to one of the many windowless offices in the Currant building, which used to be a hat factory.
- Yet despite the somewhat humble surroundings, from these offices flowed a remarkably large fraction of the post-war mathematics of which America is justly proud.
- Varadhan is currently a professor at the Courant Institute. He is known for his work with Daniel W Stroock on diffusion processes, and for his work on large deviations with Monroe D Donsker.
Awards and honours
- Varadhan’s awards and honours include the National Medal of Science (2010) from President Barack Obama, “the highest honour bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers and inventors”.
- He received also the Birkhoff Prize (1994), the Margaret and Herman Sokol Award of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University (1995), and the Leroy P Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research (1996) from the American Mathematical Society, awarded for his work with Daniel W Stroock on diffusion processes.
- He was awarded the Abel Prize in 2007 for his work on large deviations with Monroe D Donsker.
- In 2008, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan.
- He also has two honorary degrees from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris (2003) and from Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, India (2004).
- Varadhan is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences (1995), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (2009).
- He was elected to Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1988), the Third World Academy of Sciences (1988), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (1991), the Royal Society (1998), the Indian Academy of Sciences (2004), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2009), and the American Mathematical Society (2012).
Memorial Day Of T. V. Sadasiva Pandarathar
- T. V. Sadasiva Pandarathar was a Tamil historian from Tamil Nadu, India.
- Sadasiva Pandarathar was born in Thiruppurambiyam to Vaithiyalinga Pandarathar and Meenatchi Ammal.
- In 1930, his first book Mudhalam kulothunga Cholan was published.
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