Notices of the International Consortium of Chinese Mathematicians

Volume 8 (2020)

Number 2

A versatile ace at bridge building: M.S. Narasimhan in conversation with Sudhir Rao

Pages: 30 – 48



Sudhir Rao (Bengaluru, India)


M.S. Narasimhan counts among the most impactful of Indian mathematicians to have worked in an era just after the passing away of Ramanujan. With a handful of hugely talented fellow mathematicians, he led from the front in establishing the School of Mathematics at TIFR, Bombay as a world-renowned centre for mathematical excellence, thus fulfilling the dream that both its founder H.J. Bhabha, and his own mentor K. Chandrasekharan, had nurtured for Indian mathematics. Narasimhan is known for his deep work that has profoundly shaped and impacted subjects both inside and outside of mathematics, and also for the expanse of his interests, with singular contributions to many highly arcane subjects. In an interview that bore witness to his erudition and wit, the sprightly octogenarian spoke at length on his life, his work and his heroes.

“A versatile ace at Bridge Building: M. S. Narasimhan in conversation” originally appeared in Bhāvanā magazine, and is reproduced here by courtesy of the Bhāvanā Trust, Bengaluru (Bangalore), India.

Published 14 April 2021