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Gopalasamudram Narayana Ramachandran. 8 October 1922 – 7 April 2001

M. Vijayan, L. N. Johnson

Elected FRS 1977


Gopalasamudram Narayana Ramachandran, the eldest son of G. R. Narayana Iyer and Lakshmi Ammal, was born on 8 October 1922. G. R. Narayana Iyer, who had previously taught at Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu, had joined the Mathematics Department of the Maharaja's College at Ernakulam in the erstwhile Cochin state, which is now part of Kerala. He rose to become the principal of the college. Ramachandran had his schooling at Ernakulam. He also completed the intermediate course at the same city. He was a brilliant student who was particularly good in mathematics. He stood first in the intermediate examination in the entire Madras University, to which most of the colleges in south India were then affiliated. He then joined, in 1938, the BSc (Hons) course in physics in St Joseph's College, Trichy. Ramachandran completed the course, again standing first in the Madras University.