About the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc)–
- IMSc is an autonomous national institute for fundamental research in frontier disciplines of the mathematical and physical sciences: theoretical computer science, mathematics, theoretical physics, and computational biology.
- It was founded on January 3, 1962 in Chennai (in the Adyar-Taramani area) by Alladi Ramakrishnan.
- Nobel Laureate Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar gave the inaugural lecture that sparked off its journey.
- Research at IMSc is supported by the Department of Atomic Energy of the Government of India and by the Government of Tamil Nadu.
- The Institute is governed by a Board and an Academic Council.
- The present Director of the institute is V. Ravindran.
- As part of the 60th anniversary, two schemes for public outreach to be established this year:
- Setting up of a centre for science communication and mathematics education, for which the DAE has granted support for three years and which is to be located permanently at the IMSc.
- A series of heritage talks to be delivered by eminent scientists and which will focus on the heritage of science in modern day India, with a slant on Tamil Nadu and Chennai in particular.
- Scientists from the institute have been involved in writing and publishing popular science articles for children in magazines named Jantar Mantar (English) and Thulir (Tamil) for over 30 years.
- He was an Indian physicist, born on 9 August 1923 in Madras.
- His father was the famous lawyer Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Iyer, who, as a member of the Constituent Assembly, was instrumental in drafting the Constitution of India with other prominent members.
- He made contributions to stochastic processes, particle physics, algebra of matrices, special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.
- During the 1950s, he worked on the problem of Fluctuating Density Field, and published a series of eight papers on the subject.
- During 1957–1958 Ramakrishnan visited the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton that inspired him to start a similar institution in India.
- He is noted for his work in quantum mechanics on giving a prescription for transition from Pauli to Dirac matrices.
- He also published several papers giving simple but insightful geometric derivations for the Lorentz transformations.