Acclaimed physicist Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan, prevalently known as ECG Sudarshan, passed away in Texas on Monday. He was 86 years old. The researcher, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics nine times yet never won, who proved Einstein’s theory wrong made his stamp felt in the field through numerous outstanding commitments, particularly in quantum optics.
He instructed and did look into physics at the University of Texas, where he had been working for over 40 years. He has various respects to his credit, including the Padma Vibhushan (2007), C.V. Raman Award (1970) and Bose Medal (1977). He likewise won the Dirac Medal in 2010.
Alongside American physicist Robert Marshak, Sudarshan founded the V-A Theory of the weak force, which inevitably led to the electroweak hypothesis. Furthermore, he has even made critical commitments to physics including tachyons, quantum Zeno impact, open quantum framework, turn insights hypothesis, non-invariance gatherings, positive maps of density grids and quantum calculation, among others. His work on tachyons, the particles that move quicker than light, proved Albert Einstein’s hypothesis wrong; that “nothing moves faster than light”. This idea gained worldwide name and prominence right away for its amusing name and innovation.
Born in Kerala’s Kottayam district, Sudarshan graduated from the Madras Christian College and did his postgraduation from the University of Madras, after which he moved to the Tata institute of fundamental research (TIFR). At TIFR, Sudarshan found the opportunity to work with prominent researchers, including Homi Bhabha, father of the Indian atomic program.
Before long, he moved to the University of Rochester in New York and started working under RobertMarshak. Sudarshan received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Rochester in 1958, after which he moved to Harvard University as a postdoctoral individual.
ECG Sudarshan is survived by his better half Bhamitha, a Tamil Nadu local, and three children. In spite of the fact that the Tachyon man has left our mortal world, his work and commitments will keep on glowing as splendidly as light and race against time simply like his beloved molecule.