The Indian Society for History of Mathematics was founded by the late Professor Udita Narayana Singh in the year 1978.Professor Singh
was born on August 4, 1917 in the District of Varanasi.His
early student life and a significant part of his
formative years as a mathematician were spent at the Allahabad University
, then famed as ,Oxford of the East
None other than E. C. Titchmarsh, FRS, who called Singh
,an extremely talented mathematician,, praised the thesis in superlative terms.U. N. Singh then proceeded to the Sorbonne (University of Paris) where he worked under the guidance of the renowned mathematician Szolem Mandelbrojt and obtained the state D.Sc. with mention ,tres honorable, in 1954.
An enlightened educationist and mathematician, his
contributions are memorable.Numerous honours came his
way but he
remained the most unassuming of persons.He
served with distinction the cause of mathematics and education in numerous capacities.At the time of his untimely death he was on the Madhya Pradesh University Grants Commission where he was instrumental in ushering in a quiet revolution in the higher education set-up of the state.As the Vice Chancellor of the University of Allahabad he was acclaimed as an administrative genius.
As Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Delhi
, and its Vice Chancellor for a time, he
was responsible for several innovations that substantially improved the working of several institutions in India.His
work and his
life were characterized by an unwavering pursuit of excellence and rectitude.He
was responsible for uplifting the standards of the Department of Mathematics at University of Delhi
leading to the international standards.His
interests were wide and deep.His
profound knowledge of Sanskrit, of the Vedas and of Indian philosophy and culture helped him in having a deep understanding and appreciation of Ancient Indian Mathematics.He
foresaw the need and importance to accord the History of Mathematics-in particular the history of Indian mathematics-its rightful place in the context of the country,s growth and development.As founder President of the Indian Society for History of Mathematics, he took keen interest in its growth and development.