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Jayant Narlikar

Jayant Vishnu Narlikar born in 19 July 1938 is an Indian astrophysicist. He developed with sir Fred hoyle the conformal gravity theory known as hoyle narlikar theory Which synthesises Albert Einstein theory of relativity and mach's principle and it proposes that the inertial mass of a particle is a function of the masses of all other particles,   coupling constant, which is a function of cosmic epoch.

Jayant Vishnu Narlikar
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Jayant Vishnu Narlikar
Born19 July 1938 (age 81)
Kolhapur, Kolhapur State, Deccan, British India
(Maharashtra, India)
ResidencePune, India
Alma materBHU
Cambridge University
Known forQuasi-steady state cosmology
Hoyle-Narlikar theory of gravity
AwardsSmith's Prize (1962)
Padma Bhushan (1965)
Adams Prize (1967)
Padma Vibhushan (2004)
Prix Jules Janssen (2004)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, astronomy, writer
InstitutionsCambridge University
Doctoral advisorFred Hoyle
Doctoral studentsThanu Padmanabhan

Early life

He was born in kolhapur on 19 July 1938 in a family of scholers. His father Vishnu vasudev narlikar was a mathematician and theoretical physicist who served as professor and head department of mathematics at Banaras Hindu University and his mother sumati narlikar was scholar of Sanskrit. His wife is mangala narlikar and he has three daughters.


He received his BSc degree from Banaras Hindu University in 1957 then began his studies at Cambridge University where he received a BA degree in mathematics in 1959 and was senior Wrangler. In 1961 the Tyson medal for astronomy and also won the Smith's prize in 1962. He served as a berry Ramsey Fellow at King's college in Cambridge and and a masters degree in astronomy and astrophysics in 1964 after his PhD degree in 1963 under the guidance of Fred Hoyle. Narlikar served as the founding staff member of the the institute of theoretical astronomy in Cambridge during 1966 – 72. In 1972 Narlikar took up professorship Tata institute of fundamental research in Mumbai, India as a incharge of the theoretical astrophysics group. Narlikar became a founding member of the world cultural council. He became the founder director of IUCAA. Narlikar is known for his work in cosmology, specially in championing models alternative to the popular big bang model. During 1994 – 1997 he was the president of the cosmology commission of the international astronomical Union. Narlikar was appointed as the chairperson of the advisory group of textbooks in science and mathematics.


  • Padma Vibhushan was awarded to him in 2004 for his research work.
  • He was awarded Rashtra Bhushan in 1981 by FIE foundation, Ichalkaranji.
  • He received Maharashtra Bhushan award for the year 2010.
  • He is the recipient of Bhatnagar award, MP Birla award, and the Prix Jules Janssen of the Société Astronomique de France.
  • He is an associate of the royal astronomical society of London and a fellow of the three Indian national science academies and the third world academy of sciences.
  • Narlikar has been well known as a communicator of science through his book, Artical and radio and television programs.
  • In 2014, he received a Sahitya Akademi Award for his autobiography in Marathi.

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