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11 October 1923|
16 October 1983 (aged 60)|
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
|Residence||Princeton, New Jersey|
University of Allahabad|
University of Cambridge
Harish-Chandra's character formula
Harish-Chandra's regularity theorem
Harish-Chandra's Schwartz space
Harish-Chandra's Ξ function
Fellow of the Royal Society|
Cole Prize in Algebra (1954)
Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal
Indian Institute of Science|
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Institute for Advanced Study
|Doctoral advisor||Paul Dirac|
Harish-Chandra FRS (11 October 1923 – 16 October 1983) was an Indian American mathematician and physicist who did fundamental work in representation theory, especially harmonic analysis on semisimple Lie groups.
Harish-Chandra was born in Kanpur. He was educated at B.N.S.D. College, Kanpur and at the University of Allahabad. After receiving his master's degree in Physics in 1943, he moved to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for further studies in theoretical physics and worked with Homi J. Bhabha.
In 1945, he moved to University of Cambridge, and worked as a research student under Paul Dirac. While at Cambridge, he attended lectures by Wolfgang Pauli, and during one of them pointed out a mistake in Pauli's work. The two were to become lifelong friends. During this time he became increasingly interested in mathematics. At Cambridge he obtained his PhD in 1947.
He was a member of the(NAS) National Academy of Sciences of the U.S. and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was the recipient of the Cole Prize of the American Mathematical Society, in 1954. The Indian National Science Academy honoured him with the Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal in 1974. In 1981, he received an honorary degree from Yale University.
The mathematics department of V.S.S.D. College, Kanpur celebrates his birthday every year in different forms, which includes lectures from students and professors from various colleges, institutes and students' visit to Harish-Chandra Research Institute.
The Indian Government named the Harish-Chandra Research Institute, an institute dedicated to Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, after him.
Robert Langlands wrote in a biographical article of Harish-Chandra:
He was considered for the Fields Medal in 1958, but a forceful member of the selection committee in whose eyes Thom was a Bourbakist was determined not to have two. So Harish-Chandra, whom he also placed on the Bourbaki camp, was set aside.