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Vinod Wadhawan
Worked at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
Attended University of Delhi
Lived in Delhi
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A SUGGESTION FOR SCIENTIFICALLY MINDED INDIAN SCIENTISTS
I am a staunch nationalist and would feel truly happy
and proud if the achievements of ancient Indians turn out to be even 20% of
what is being claimed these days by the enthusiasts. But there is no substitute
for truth, and our credibility as a nation rest...
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On Creativity: How do People Get New Ideas?
A1959 essay by Isaac Asimov   Presumably, the process of creativity, whatever it is, is
essentially the same in all its branches and varieties, so that the evolution
of a new art form, a new gadget, a new scientific principle, all involve common
factors. We...
A1959 essay by Isaac Asimov   Presumably, the process of creativity, whatever it is, is essentially the same in all its branches and varieties, so that the evolution of a new art form, a new gadget, a new scientific principl...
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Science, Scientists, and Scientific Temper in Society
Nehru's vision
of a society in which scientific temper prevails is more relevant today than
ever before. And this is so in spite of the fact that science has made
spectacular advances in the last few decades. The role professional scientists
can play in cou...
Nehru's vision of a society in which scientific temper prevails is more relevant today than ever before. And this is so in spite of the fact that science has made spectacular advances in the last few decades. The role profess...
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ECONOMICS AND POLITICS
(It
is election time in India, and this article has been written in that local
context.) There
are all types of ‘sciences’. Physics and chemistry are the ‘hard’ sciences,
wherein it is possible to state laws (the laws of Nature) with a high degree of
clarit...
(It is election time in India, and this article has been written in that local context.) There are all types of ‘sciences’. Physics and chemistry are the ‘hard’ sciences, wherein it is possible to state laws (the laws of N...
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A SUGGESTION FOR ALL SCIENTIFICALLY MINDED INDIAN SCIENTISTS
I am a staunch nationalist and would feel truly happy
and proud if the achievements of ancient Indians turn out to be even 20% of
what is being claimed these days by the enthusiasts. But there is no substitute
for truth, and our credibility as a nation rest...
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Complexity Science and My Worldview
We humans have a strong sense
of self-awareness and we seek answers to questions like why the universe is
what it is, why the laws of Nature are what they are, who created the universe,
who created life, . . . etc. In this partly autobiographical article I ...
We humans have a strong sense of self-awareness and we seek answers to questions like why the universe is what it is, why the laws of Nature are what they are, who created the universe, who created life, . . . etc. In this pa...
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Richard Feynman on Scientific Integrity
'During the Middle Ages there were all kinds of
crazy ideas, such as that a piece of rhinoceros horn would increase potency. Then
a method was discovered for separating the ideas - which was to try one to see
if it worked, and if it didn't work, to eliminat...
'During the Middle Ages there were all kinds of crazy ideas, such as that a piece of rhinoceros horn would increase potency. Then a method was discovered for separating the ideas - which was to try one to see if it worked, an...
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Inculcation of Scientific Temper in Society, and the Problem of Organized Religions
Jawaharlal
Nehru exhorted the nation at the time of independence from British rule that we
should head for a society in which scientific temper prevails. That was in 1946.
But even today we find that, by and large, we have failed to achieve that goal.
Thoug...
Jawaharlal Nehru exhorted the nation at the time of independence from British rule that we should head for a society in which scientific temper prevails. That was in 1946. But even today we find that, by and large, we have fa...
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127. Understanding Natural Phenomena: Epilogue
It is time to
end this series of blog posts, which I have been writing under the label ' Understanding
Natural Phenomena '. A quick recap will be in order here. There are
three basic questions we all ask about the world we live in: ·       How
can the unive...
It is time to end this series of blog posts, which I have been writing under the label 'Understanding Natural Phenomena'. A quick recap will be in order here. There are three basic questions we all ask about the world we l...
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Occupation
I am currently writing a book entitled 'UNDERSTANDING NATURAL PHENOMENA: Why Are Things What They Are?'.
Employment
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
    Scientific Officer (various grades), 1968 - 1990
  • Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore
    'Outstanding Scientist' and Head, Laser Materials Division, 1991 - 2004
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
    DAE Raja Ramanna Fellow, 2005 - 2010
  • Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford
    Nuffield Foundation Fellow, 1979 - 1980
  • Penn State University, Pennsylvania
    Project Associate, 1980 - 1981
  • Institute of Physics, Prague
    Visiting Scientist, 1989
  • University of Aix-Marseille, Marseille
    Visiting Professor, 1991
  • Brigham Young University, Utah
    Visiting Scientist, 2001
  • University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara
    Visiting Scientist, 2001
  • International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste
    Senior Guest Scientist, 2004
  • International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste
    Senior Guest Scientist, 2005
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Delhi - Mumbai - Indore - Bangalore
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Introduction
I am a condensed-matter physicist. For the last few years I have been active spreading the message of science and the scientific method. In this context I have written over 30 articles at Nirmukta.com. I am listed as an 'Enthusiastic Bright' at the Brights Net.

Books written

1.  Introduction to Ferroic Materials (2000)

2. Smart Structures (2007)

3. Complexity Science (2010)

3a. Nauka złożoności. Trudne pytania,które zadajemy o sobie i o naszym Wszechświecie (2010)
(Polish version of Book No. 3. Translation by Malgorzata Koraszewska.)

4. Latent, Manifest, and Broken Symmetry (2011)

Recently I came across a website which gives data about the library holdings of some of the books written or edited by me.

I did editing work for the journal Phase Transitions (Taylor & Francis, U.K.) for 25 years, and took voluntary retirement from the task of Associate Editor in 2010.

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I had all my school and college education in Delhi. After that I moved to Mumbai in 1967 to join the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) of the Government of India. I was with the DAE for my entire scientific career. On 'retirement' from active service (in 2010) I and my wife Rajni have settled in Bangalore. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AS A SCIENTIST: [i] Introduced and analysed the notion of optical ferrogyrotropy (1979). [ii] Introduced and analysed the notion of acoustical ferrogyrotropy (1983). [iii] Demonstrated that the high-critical-temperature superconductor Y-Ba-Cu-O is a ferroelastic and exhibits the shape-memory effect (1987-90). [iv] Formulated a tensor classification of twinning in crystals (1997). [v] Introduced the notion of latent symmetry (1987, 2000). [vi] Wrote the first definitive and comprehensive book on the subject of ferroic materials (2000).
Education
  • University of Delhi
    M. Sc. (Solid State Physics), 1965 - 1967
  • Training School, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (DAE), Bombay
    Certificate (Physics), 1967 - 1968
  • University of Bombay
    Ph. D. (X-ray crystallography), 1976
  • International Summer School on Materials Science & Technology, Erice
    Certificate (Applications of Ferroelectrics), 1980
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Other names
Vinod K. Wadhawan / V. K. Wadhawan / Dr. Vinod Kumar Wadhawan