Professor Jayant Vishnu Narlikar (born July 19,1938) is an eminent Indian astrophysicist. Narlikar is considered a leading expert and defender of the steady state cosmology. His work on conformal gravity theory with Sir Fred Hoyle, called Hoyle-Narlikar theory, demonstrated a synthesis can be achieved between Albert Einsteins theory of relativity and Mach's principle. Indias second highest civilian honour, Padma Vibhushan, was awarded to him for his work. Prof. Narlikar is the founder director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) at Pune, India.
Life and career
Prof. Narlikar was born in Kolhapur, India on July 19, 1938. His father, Vishnu Vasudev Narlikar was an eminent mathematician and general relativist. He was Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics at the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. His mother, Sumathi Vishnu Narlikar was a sanskrit scholar.
1957 - Jayant topped Banaras Hindu University Bachelor of science examination. The