OVERSEAS TRIPS OF ALLADI RAMAKRISHNANProfessor Alladi Ramakrishnan believed that close interaction with the the leading scientists around the world was essential for fundamental research. He traveled annually to present his work at conferences and universities worldwide. He has lectured at more than 50 international conferences, and given talks at about 200 centers of higher learning in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In doing so, not only did he disemminate his research work and those of his group, but also used it as an opportunity to make new contacts and invite active researchers to Madras. Among his many trips abroad, we mention a few that were especially significant in terms of his career.
1949-51 Visit to England for PhD at the University of Manchester under M. S. Bartlett and D. G. Kendall (oxford); method of Product Densities recognized in England.
1954 Visit to Australia: lectures at the University of Sydney at the invitation of Harry Messel became the basis of the Handbuch der Physik article five years later.
1956 First Round-the-World Trip: Visit to Yukawa Hall, Kyoto; met Richard Bellman and Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman in California (the beginning of a long association with Richard Bellman); met astrophysicist Subrahmanyam Chandrasekar in Chicago; attended High Energy Physics Conference in Rochester organized by Robert Marshak and met Robert Oppenheimer there; lectured at the Max Planck Institute in Gottingen, Germany at the invitation of Nobel Laureate Werner Heisenberg which resulted in a contract with Springer for an article on probability in the Handbuch der Physik.
1957-58 Visit to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton at the invitation of its Director Robert Oppenheimer, after which the focus of Alladi Ramakrishnan's research turned from stochastic processes to elementary particle physics.
1960 - Trip to Europe: visited the Copenhahen Institute of Physics at the invitation of Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr; series of lectures on stochastic processes at the University of Berne at the invitation of Andre Mercier; visited Imperial College, London, as the guest of Abdus Salam; while in London, Ramakrishnan was offered a contract by the Pergamon Press to write a book on Elementary Particles and Cosmic Rays which was published in 1963.
1962 - First Round-the-World trip after assuming Directorship of MATSCIENCE: two month visit to Rand Corporation in California at the invitation of Richard Bellman; lectured at Caltech at the invitation of Murray Gellmann; spent two weeks each at Stanford University at the invitation of Leonard Schiff and at the University of California.
1964 Visit to Russia: lectured at the High Energy Physics Conference in Dubna.
1965 - Trip to Europe: two month visit to the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy at the invitation of its Director Abdus Salam; visits to CERN in Geneva, Saclay, Orsay and Instutute Henri Poincare in Paris.
1968 Round-the-World trip, and visit to Europe: Lectured at Cornell University at the invitation of Nobel Laureate Hans Bethe (contact with Bethe resulted in Bethe visiting MATSCIENCE in 1969); visited Moscow and Leningrad as guest of the Russian Academy of Sciences; lectured at the High Energy Physics Conference in Vienna.
1971 Visit to New Zealand to speak at the Rutherford Centennial Conference in Cristchurch.
On most of his trips abroad from 1962 onwards, his wife Lalitha and his son Krishna accompanied him. It was thus a great academic experience for Krishna from an early age. We present here a sample of some overseas photographs of Professor Alladi Ramakrishnan.
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