UK NRI Widow
donated Rs. 20 Lakh to Patna college
for his husband's wish
New Delhi, March 12, 2007
UK NRI widow, Anthea Sharma who's husband professor,
Mr. Chandra Sekhar Sharma died on 19 December 2005 aged 72, donated
Rs.20 lakh to a Bihar college to fulfil the wish of her late husband.
Mr. Chandra Sekhar Sharma always wanted to contribute to the college
where he used to teach before leaving India in 1955.
Mr. Sharma aptitude for mathematics was recognised
as a young child and his father, a Deputy Collector, depended on
him to decode the secret wartime messages he was sent. But his father
would not allow him to study mathematics, he read chemistry instead
and became a chemistry lecture at Patna University.
He made his extra income by writing some of the first
school science textbooks in Hindi. These were later translated into
Urdu and Bengali and became best sellers throughout India.
From books's sale, he saved enough money and came
to Oxford, UK in 1960 to do a doctorate under C.A. Coulson. After
completing his DPhil in just two years he decided not to return
to Patna and instead accepted a lectureship in the Mathematics Department
of Birkbeck College. There he was able to complete the transition
from chemist to mathematician. He became a professor at Birkbeck
in 1979 and remained at the college until his retirement in 1998.
His many published works included:
- A radical simplification of the minimax theory which he showed
followed easily from an almost self-evident, little Hilbert space
- Variational methods in quantum mechanics led him to develop
a new calculus on complex Banach spaces in which linearity of
the derivative is replaced by the weaker requirement of additivity.
- Later this calculus provided a satisfactory explanation of why
use of and , essential tools for relativity and complex manifold
theory, actually works.
- He discovered that special relativity is a mathematical model
based on the Hilbert space and, once this structure had been found,
all the properties of space-time and the Lorenz group follow easily.
- His more recent work on the mathematical foundations of quantum
mechanics and relativity was published in the Journal of Natural
Geometry which he had founded in 1992.
With this donation, Patna college has decided to renovate
and extend the examination hall and name it Chandra Shekhar Sharma
Memorial Examination Hall.
His wife also gifted his research work and books to
the college library of Patna to fulfil the wish of her late husband