April 6, 2002  

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Padamadan George, Thiruthoor, Puthenvelikkara, Ernakulam

Padamadan George, Thiruthoor, Puthenvelikkara, Ernakulam does not have a University Degree.  But his book on mathematical philosophy has been published by an American University.

George was different even while in college.  At a time when topology was not included in the curriculum, he used to teach the topic to willing listeners.  And among those who came to hear the first year student of St. Joseph’s College, Thrissinappally were professors of the college

George, who studied Greek, Latin, French and German read many philosophical works in the original language.  Unfortunately, the yardstick of our academic system could not understand or appreciate the worth of his contribution.

Later he spent a good part of his life teaching children Maths and English.  Paliath Narendran, a 10th standard student of Government High School, Chendamangalam was one such student of his ‘Sincere Tutorials’.  Narendran later went on to become a mathematician at the Rensler Polytechnic Research Institute, New York.  It was he who introduced George Padamadan to the mathematical philosophers of the west, especially Soloman Feferman, an authority on mathematical logic.

In 1993, Cochin University invited him for a talk.

Recently his own village felicitated him.  And among those who gathered in the open stage in front of his house were the Vice Chancellor of Cochin University, Dr. K.Babu Joseph, Mathematics Professor Sri. T. Trivikraman, ex-Principal of Maharaja’s College, Sri. A.N. Bharathan and the Panchayat President V.K.Radha.

George is now in the process of writing 3 more theses on mathematics.


Courtesy: Malayala Manorama

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