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Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Iyer

Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer was born in 1883 in the small Andhra village of Pudur in Nellore district. His father Ekamra Sastry, a priest, was content to spend his days in peace and piety. Even so, he ensured his son Krishnaswamy was educated. Krishnaswamy was a meritorious student and on completion of his schooling, he joined the Madras Christian College to study history. Professors like Kellett were so impressed with Krishnaswamy that they appointed him as a tutor in history. Alladi used his spare time to attend classes in law and passed the B.L. exam.

Without the backing of wealth or influence, Krishnaswamy became the leader of the Bar in seven years, a position he retained throughout his life.

He was made a Dewan Bahadur and was knighted in the1932 New Year Honours List.

He is One of the Founding fathers of the Indian Constitution


Sri Vedam Venkataraya Sastry

Sri Vedam Venkataraya Sastry was the Sanskrit professor in the Madras Christian College and retired in 1910. He did a great service to Sanskrit and Telugu by writing many scholarly books and publishing them. There are commentaries in Telugu on Sanskrit Kavyas such as Kalidasa's Raghu Vamsa etc. He prepared Telugu translations and annotations of many Sanskrit books used by learners in Sanskrit schools so that a student was provided with material to learn Sanskrit on his/her own. He prepared voluminous commentaries on Krishna Deva Raya's Aamukta-Maalyada and Srinatha's Sringara-Naishadha. He edited some Telugu poems with texts rectified from the blemishes in manuscripts. 

The Andhra University created the award - "Kala Prapurna" - the equivalent of a doctorate at the instance of Sri C. R. Reddy, the Vice Chancellor, especially to honour Sri Vedam Venkataraya Sastry for his services to literature.


You can read some of his works in the e-format, maintained by Sri Vedam Venkatraman M.A., Nellore, which is a great contribution to the society.

Sri Mamidipudi Venkata Rangaiah

Mamidipudi Venkata Rangaiah was born in january 1889, in Purini village in Kovur taluk, Nellore district. He was completed his B.A. in 1907, from Madras Pacheyappa College as University first. He was inspired by Bipin Chandra Pal. He was worked nearly 14 years as a tutor in Vijayanagaram college. In that period Gandhiji was came to Vijayanagaram. Srimathi and Sri Mamidipudi met Gandhiji . He was worked as principal Nellore V.R.College. He was editor to Educational India nearly 30 years. He wrote so many text books and defination of constitution. He was chief editor for Vignana Sarvaswa, Sangraha Vignana Kosha journals. He continued his writings from 1908.

Sri Vavilla Ramaswami Sastrulu

"In the late 19th Century, when printing business was getting stabilised in Madras, it faced a quaint problem. Though there was a sizeable number of Telugus in Madras then, there were no Telugu printing presses. To fill in this vacuum, arrived an enterprising scholar in Telugu and Sanskrit hailing from one of the Andhra Districts of Madras Presidency in 1863. V Ramaswamy Sastrulu was his name. He started a publishing firm in Madras City in 1863 to publish books in Telugu and Sanskrit. Within a period of 20 years, V Ramaswamy Sastrulu & Sons became the foremost Telugu and Sanskrit printing and publishing firm in Madras Presidency.

The Government of Madras also started entrusting the printing of all their orders and circulars in Telugu to his firm. He published almost all the existing Telugu and Sanskrit works (in Telugu character), together with commentaries on numerous Telugu classics. His name became a household word in every village in the Andhra region. The masterly way in which he edited and published very many rare Telugu books, which were hitherto unknown to the world at large, made him a father figure among all classes of people in the Telugu country."



Professor Alladi Ramakrishnan, one of the top scientists of India and founder-director of Matscience, Chennai, passed away on June 7 - 2008 in Gainesville, Florida.
Alladi Ramakrishnan belongs to a small eminent group of Indian scientists who worked closely with Nobel Laureates such as Sir C.V. Raman, Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, and Dr. Mahalanobis who have made fundamental contributions to several fields of study and sustained a high level of productivity over a significant period of time.
Ramakrishnan's has been a life devoted to the restless world of science; a ceaseless probing of the intrigues of mathematics and high energy physics.
Ramakrishnan is the son of Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Iyer, one of India's most eminent and illustrious lawyers of the twentieth century, and one the members who drafted the Constitution of India. Ramakrishnan would jokingly say that he drafted the Indian Constitution because he took down dictation from his father as an in-house stenographer.
Ramakrishnan's monumental contribution to the scientific world is the creation of MATSCIENCE - the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai, India, that he founded in 1962 with the support of Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr, late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and father of green revolution and former minister C. Subramaniam. He served as its founder-director until his retirement in 1983.
In an illustrious scientific career that began in 1947, he has authored or co-authored over 150 influential scientific papers in leading journals on topics ranging over Stochastic Processes, Elementary Particle Physics, Matrix Algebra, and the Special Theory of Relativity, and was invited for guest lectures at leading scientific institutions in the United States, Europe and Japan. He guided about 30 PhD students.
In 1947, he joined what was at that time the fledging Tata Institute of Fundamental Research that functioned under Dr. Homi Bhabha's direct supervision. In 1949, he left the Tata Institute and went to England to do PhD under Professor M. S. Bartlett at the University of Manchester. Ramakrishnan worked with distinguished Professors such as D. G. Kendall who was then at Magdalene College at Oxford University.
In the 1950s, he worked on the problem of the Fluctuating Density Field that came up in studies of the Milky Way by the great Indian astrophysicist Subramaniam Chandrasekhar.
He wrote a series of eight papers on this subject. Chandrasekhar was so impressed, and not only praised him but he communicated this to the Astrophysical Journal.