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Vashishtha Narayan Singh

Vashishtha Narayan Singh is an Indian mathematician from Basantpur, Bhojpur District, Bihar, India.

Early life and education

He was born on 2 April 1942 in Basantpur village of Bhojpur district in Bihar, India to Lal Bahadur Singh and Lahaso Devi. He received his primary and secondary education from Netarhat Residential School and college education from Patna Science College. Vashishtha Narayan Singh became a legend as a student when he was allowed by Patna University to appear in the two-year course of B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics in its very first year. This achievement of his still mentioned with a sense of pride by Netarhat Vidyalay He received PhD on Reproducing Kernels and Operators with a Cyclic Vectorfrom University of California, Berkeley, in 1969. His doctoral advisor was John L. Kelley.

Personal life

He married in the year 1974. He has suffered from schizophrenia. After a few years of marriage he and his wife separated due to his illness. He currently stays in Patna.


After his PhD, he worked at NASA and then returned to India in 1973 to teach at ISI Kolkata, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and TIFR Bombay. In 2014 he was appointed as guest faculty in Bhupendra Narayan Mandal University (BNMU) in Madhepura as a visiting professor.\