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AWARDS AND MEDALS

 Government College, Ludhiana

  • Received First Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, General Knowledge and aggregate in the first year of college, 1964
  • Received First Prizes in Physics, Mathematics, English, aggregate and Second prize in Chemistry in the second year of college, 1965
  • Received First Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and aggregate in the third and final year of college, 1966
  • Name inscribed in the College Roll of Honor for Academic Achievement, 1965 and 1966

Annual Prize Ceremony, 1964

This is from the First Year Prize ceremony. The politician is Mohan Lal, the education minister. The audience is laughing because Mohan Lal just called me tinakaa raam Sandow. I do not know how many got the joke, but they laughed anyway!

Panjab University, Chandigarh

  • Received the Panjab University Medal for ranking first among all the students in the B.S. final examination, 1966
  • Received the Panjab University Medal for ranking first among all the students in the B.S. Honors in Mathematics examination, 1966
  • Received Pandit Hem Raj Medal for ranking first among all the students in the B.S. Mathematics Honors examination, 1966
  • Received First Prize in aggregate in the M.S. Honors in Physics examination, 1968
  • Received the Panjab University Medal for ranking first among all the students in the M.S. Honors in Physics examination, 1968

CONTRIBUTION TO KITTEL’S FAMOUS TEXTBOOK

When I was teaching Introductory Solid State Physics in India from Kittel’s well-known textbook, I noticed an awkwardness in his treatment of band theory. While he set up the general equations in the reciprocal lattice space, he resorted to the usual coordinate space approach in solving the Kronig-Penney model. I found that the general equations could be used to solve this model in reciprocal space. This made the presentation of band theory very natural. I published the results in the American Journal of Physics; see paper 16. Professor Kittel has included my method in his famous textbook; see pp. 171-172 in the sixth edition. Wiley website for the famous text-book
 
Here is the letter from Kittel asking permission to include my work in his text-book.

Kittel Letter

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INCLUSION IN BIOGRAPHICAL COLLECTIONS

My biographical data has appeared in

Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering®  2000-2001, Millenium Edition

And

American Men and Women of Science (New York, NY: Bowker)

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS OF WORK IN BOOKS AND REVIEWS

  • Acknowledged by R. K. Pathria in his famous textbook on Statistical Mechanics, 1972
  • J. F. Nagle and J. C. Bonner, in Annual Review of Physical Chemistry , eds. B. S. Rabinovitch et al. (Annual Reviews Inc., Palo Alto, 1976) Vol. 27, p. 291
  • S.-K. Ma, Modern Theory of Critical Phenomena (Benjamin, Reading, 1977)
  • M. E. Fisher and J.-H. Chen, in Phase Transitions Cargèse 1980, eds. M. Lévy, J.-C. Le Guillou and J. Zinn-Justin (Plenum, New York, 1982) p. 169
  • K. Binder, in Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena , eds. C. Domb and J. L. Lebowitz (Academic, New York, 1983) Vol. 8, p. 1
  • M. N. Barber, in the Domb-Lebowitz series, Vol. 8, p. 145
  • Acknowledged by Kittel for using one of my papers in his famous textbook on Solid State Physics, Sixth Edition, 1983, pp. 171-172
  • D. Chowdhury,  Spin Glasses and other Frustrated Systems (World Scientific, Singapore, 1986)
  • J. G. Brankov and D. M. Danchev, in Selected Topics in Statistical Mechanics, eds. A. A. Logunov et al. (World Scientific, Singapore, 1990) p. 325
  • V. Privman, in Finite-Size Scaling and Numerical Simulation of Statistical Systems, ed. V. Privman (World Scientific, Singapore, 1990) p. 1
  • D. Jasnow, p. 99; J. Rudnick, p. 141; K. K. Mon, p. 261 in Privman, Finite-Size Scaling
  • K. Binder, in Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, eds. H. L. Strauss et al. (Annual Reviews Inc., Palo Alto, 1992) Vol. 43, p. 33
  • Acknowledged by R. K. Pathria in the second edition of his classic textbook on Statistical Mechanics, 1996
  • P. Schewe and B. Stein, in the American Institute of Physics, Physics New Update 259
  • Physics Update in Physics Today, p. 9 of the April 1996 issue
  • Science News in New Scientist, p. 17 of the issue of March 2, 1996

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Physical Society; Divisions of Condensed Matter Physics, History of Physics

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