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Daulat Singh Kothari

Daulat Singh Kothari was born in 6 july 1906 and died in 4 February 1993. He was an eminent Indian Scientist and Educationist.

Daulat Singh Kothari

Kothari on a 2011 stamp of India
Born6 July 1906
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Died4 February 1993 (aged 86)
Delhi, India

Early life and education

Was born in udaipur in Rajasthan on July 6. He completed his early education at udaipur and indoor and received a master's degree in physics from Allahabad University in 1928 under guidance of Meghnad Saha. For his PhD, Kothari worked at the Cavendish laboratory, University of Cambridge under the supervision of Ernest Rutherford, to whom he was recommended by Meghnad Saha.

Role as an educationist

After his return to India, he worked at the year Delhi University from 1934 to 1961 in various capacities as reader, professor and head of the department of physics. He was scientific advisor to Ministry of Defence from 1948 to 1961 and was then appointed as chairman of the University Grants commission in 1961 where he worked till 1973. He was the chairman of the Indian education commission popularly known as kothari commission.

Achievements and Honours

He was president of the Indian Science Congress at it's golden jubilee session in 1963. He was elected president of Indian National science Academy in 1973. His research on statistical thermodynamics and his Theory of white dwarf stars gave him an international reputation.
The Padma bhushan was conferred on him in 1962, and the Padma vibhushan in 1973. He was also conferred Atmaram award in 1990 by the central Hindi, Directorate, Ministery of Human Resource Development

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