Shambhu Dayal Sinvhal
Born20 November 1923
Died27 May 2015
SpouseLaxmi Sinvhal
ChildrenSon (Dr. Harsh Sinvhal); Daughters (Dr. Sudha Agarwal, Ms. Priyamvada Sinvhal-Sharma)
Parent(s)B. D. Sinvhal
Tara Devi
AwardsPadma Shri

Shambhu Dayal Sinvhal (20 November 1923 - 27 May 2015) was an Indian mathematician, astronomist and a former vice chancellor of Kumaon University.[1] Born on 20 November 1923 at Indore in the largest Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to B. D. Sinvhal and Tara Devi, he started his career as a member of the faculty of the department of mathematics and astronomy at Lucknow University in 1946 where he worked till 1954.[1] During this period, he secured a doctoral degree (PhD) in mathematics from Lucknow in 1951.[1] In 1954, he resigned from the university to take up the post of an assistant astronomer at Uttar Pradesh State Observatory and became its director[2] in 1960, a post he held till his superannuation 1978.[1] He also worked as a professor at the University of Rourkee at the department of Earth Sciences.[3] In 1978, he was appointed as the vice chancellor of Kumaon University.[1]

Sinvhal was the president of Bharat Ganita Parishad[1] and a member of International Astronomical Union, London.[4] He served Astronomical Society of India as a member of its executive council (1973–74), as its vice president (1975–76), as its president (1977-79) and was its life member.[1][5] He was a life member of the National Academy of Sciences, India[3] and a member of the American Mathematical Society.[6] He chaired the Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Service Commission set up by the state government[2] and held memberships in the Instruments Society of India and the Optical Society of India.[1] He was a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, London.[1] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri in 1975.[7]

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  2. ^ a b "NASI Brochure" (PDF). UCost. 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Life Members". National Academy of Sciences, India. 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  4. ^ Immo Appenzeller (2012). Transactions of the International Astronomical Union. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 929. ISBN 9789400901636.
  5. ^ "ASI Life Members". Astronomical Society of India. 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  6. ^ "American Mathematical Society". Project Euclid. 1953. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2014.