Radha Charan Gupta

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Radha Charan Gupta
Born 1935
Nationality Indian
Alma mater University of Lucknow, Ranchi University
Awards Kenneth O. May Prize (2009)
Scientific career
Fields History of mathematics
Institutions Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
Doctoral advisor T.A. Sarasvati Amma

Radha Charan Gupta (born 1935 in Jhansi, in present-day Uttar Pradesh) is an Indian historian of mathematics.


Gupta graduated from the University of Lucknow, where he made his bachelor's degree in 1955 and his master's degree in 1957. He earned his Ph.D. in the history of mathematics from Ranchi University in 1971.[1] He did his dissertation work at Ranchi University with the historian of Indian mathematics T.A. Sarasvati Amma. Then he served as a lecturer at Lucknow Christian College (from 1957 to 1958) and in 1958 he joined Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. In 1982 he was awarded a full professorship. He retired in 1995 as the Emeritus Professor of the History of Mathematics and Logic.[1] He became a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of the History of Science in February 1995.[2]


Gupta addressed since the late 1960s with the history of mathematics, especially the development of Indian trigonometry. Among them his works on Paramesvara and his approximation of the sine function and Govindasvamin and his interpolation of sine tables are notably significant.

Notable awards[edit]

In 1991 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, and in 1994 he became President of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of India.[1] In 1979 he founded the magazine Ganita Bharati.[3] In 2009 he was awarded the Kenneth O. May Prize alongside the British mathematician Ivor Grattan-Guinness.[4][5][6] He is the notably the first Indian to get this prize.[7]