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Vinod Wadhawan
Worked at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
Attended University of Delhi
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DOING SCIENCE IN INDIA. A PERSONAL NARRATIVE (Part 2 of 3)
7. AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (1979-1980) I stayed at a
Guest House in the Oxford University campus till Mike could find me a house on
rent. And he had a tough time doing that. He rang up a number of people, and
many of them agreed initially. But when they...
7. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (1979-1980) I stayed at a Guest House in the Oxford University campus till Mike could find me a house on rent. And he had a tough time doing that. He rang up a number of people, and many of t...
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DOING SCIENCE IN INDIA. A PERSONAL NARRATIVE (Part 3 of 3)
10. AT THE
CENTRE FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY (CAT), INDORE (1991-2004) CAT has two
major research programmes: development of accelerator technology and
development of laser technology. My initial mandate was to set up a crystal-growth
laboratory for work on cr...
10. AT THE CENTRE FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY (CAT), INDORE (1991-2004) CAT has two major research programmes: development of accelerator technology and development of laser technology. My initial mandate was to set up a cryst...
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DOING SCIENCE IN INDIA. A PERSONAL NARRATIVE (Part 1 of 3)
Vinod Wadhawan (30 May 2016) Thank you,
Internet, for enabling me to survive and prosper as a scientist in India, and
for enabling me to accomplish in a major way the task of science popularization
and indirect teaching / mentoring, and promotion of scienti...
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115. Memes and Their Evolution - 2
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/What-Defines-a-Meme.html Memes (cf. Part 114 ) are specified by their ' representational content' . As representations of a
portion of information, memes have a certain content. A representation
in the human mind i...
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/What-Defines-a-Meme.html Memes (cf. Part 114) are specified by their 'representational content'. As representations of a portion of information, memes have a certain content. A re...
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112. Evolution of Language - 1
' If
there had been no speech, then right and wrong, truth and falsehood, good and
bad, attractive and unattractive would not have been made known. Speech makes
known all this. Worship speech ' (Chandogya Upanishad, VII-2-1). ' A mostly
Lamarckian process w...
'If there had been no speech, then right and wrong, truth and falsehood, good and bad, attractive and unattractive would not have been made known. Speech makes known all this. Worship speech' (Chandogya Upanishad, VII-2-1). ...
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93. The Traveller's Dilemma
'There
is something rational about choosing not to be rational when playing
Traveller’s Dilemma' ( Kaushik Basu 2007 ). The Traveller’s
Dilemma (TD) game was crafted in 1994 by Kaushik Basu . Lucy and
Pete go to a remote island in the Pacific, where they pu...
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DOING SCIENCE IN INDIA. A PERSONAL NARRATIVE (Part 2 of 3)
7. AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (1979-1980) I stayed at a
Guest House in the Oxford University campus till Mike could find me a house on
rent. And he had a tough time doing that. He rang up a number of people, and
many of them agreed initially. But when they...
7. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (1979-1980) I stayed at a Guest House in the Oxford University campus till Mike could find me a house on rent. And he had a tough time doing that. He rang up a number of people, and many of t...
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DOING SCIENCE IN INDIA. A PERSONAL NARRATIVE (Part 2 of 3)
6. MY SCIENTIFIC
CAREER AT B.A.R.C. (1968 onwards) On 1 st August 1968 I became an employee (‘Scientific Officer’) of BARC, with a
starting take-home salary of Rs. 640. My father happened to be in Bombay when I
received my first pay cheque. I handed over th...
6. MY SCIENTIFIC CAREER AT B.A.R.C. (1968 onwards) On 1st August 1968 I became an employee (‘Scientific Officer’) of BARC, with a starting take-home salary of Rs. 640. My father happened to be in Bombay when I received my ...
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Climate Justice and What We Eat
These days there is a raging debate in India about
‘our right to eat just about anything we want to’. Our right, yes. And what
about our duty to Mother Earth? Who will worry about that? In this article I
try to explain how the present food preferences of a ...
These days there is a raging debate in India about ‘our right to eat just about anything we want to’. Our right, yes. And what about our duty to Mother Earth? Who will worry about that? In this article I try to explain how th...
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87. Artificial Distributed Intelligence
People
learn to make sense of the world by talking with other people about it ( J. Kennedy 2006 ). Learning,
smartness, and intelligence are terms we normally associate with living beings.
But if our machines are going to be helping us in truly worthwhile w...
People learn to make sense of the world by talking with other people about it (J. Kennedy 2006). Learning, smartness, and intelligence are terms we normally associate with living beings. But if our machines are going to ...
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95. Zero-Sum Two-Player Games and the Minimax Theorem
In zero-sum
two-player games a single number, i.e. the amount won by the
first player, and therefore the amount lost by the second player (or vice
versa ), determines the payoff. If it is a finite game, its normal form is a matrix of payoffs, such as that s...
In zero-sum two-player games a single number, i.e. the amount won by the first player, and therefore the amount lost by the second player (or vice versa), determines the payoff. If it is a finite game, its normal form is a ma...
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111. Reconfigurable Computers and Machines That Can Evolve
' The
malleability of configurable processors means that they can adapt at the
hardware level. Does the term adaptation ring a bell? Over the past few years,
researchers working on bio-inspired systems have begun using configurable
processors; after all, th...
'The malleability of configurable processors means that they can adapt at the hardware level. Does the term adaptation ring a bell? Over the past few years, researchers working on bio-inspired systems have begun using configu...
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Work
Occupation
I am currently writing a book on complexity science.
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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Previously
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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Vinod K. Wadhawan / V. K. Wadhawan / Dr. Vinod Kumar Wadhawan