Renowned theoretical physicist E C George Sudarshan passed away at 86

news | 14 May 2018 7:04 AM (UTC)
Roshini Jacob

Credited with making path-breaking discoveries, physicist ECG Sudarshan breathed his last today

Nine-time Nobel Prize-nominated theoretical physicist E C George Sudarshan passed away at Texas, America today. 

The scientist, who is credited with having made path-breaking discoveries, primarily in the field of quantum optics, in a career spanning five decades has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan in 2007 and the Dirac Medal in 2010.

His greatest achievement was proving Albert Einstein's theory of "nothing can move faster than light" wrong by proving that tachyons, a class of particles, move faster than light. 

Born to Iype Chandy and Achamma Varghese at Pallam, near Kottayam, Sudarshan is an alumnus of the CMS College, Kottayam and renowned Madras Christian College. He worked with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, before moving to the University of Rochester in New York.

Sudarshan is survived by his wife Bhamathi and three children.

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  • Sameen Ahmed Khan
    2018-5-21 | 18:43:48
    My PhD Thesis, "Quantum theory of charged-particle beam optics" originated from the following Paper: R. Jagannathan, R. Simon, E. C. G. Sudarshan and N. Mukunda, Quantum theory of magnetic electron lenses based on the Dirac equation, Physics Letters A, 134 (8-9), 457-464 (January 1989). Further details at: With warm regards + best wishes Sameen Ahmed KHAN Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics and Sciences College of Arts and Applied Sciences (CAAS) Dhofar University Post Box No. 2509 Postal Code: 211 Salalah Sultanate of OMAN

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