Sarvadaman Chowla

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Sarvadaman Chowla
Born(1907-10-22)22 October 1907
London, England
Died10 December 1995(1995-12-10) (aged 88)
Alma materCambridge University
Government College, Lahore
Scientific career
InstitutionsInstitute for Advanced Study
University of Kansas
University of Colorado at Boulder
Penn State University
Government College, Lahore
Doctoral advisorJohn Edensor Littlewood
Doctoral studentsJohn Friedlander

Sarvadaman D. S. Chowla (22 October 1907 – 10 December 1995) was an Indian American mathematician, specializing in number theory.

Early life[edit]

He was born in London, since his father, Gopal Chowla, a professor of mathematics in Lahore, was then studying in Cambridge.[1][2] His family returned to India, where he received his master's degree in 1928 from the Government College in Lahore. In 1931 he received his doctorate from the University of Cambridge, where he studied under J. E. Littlewood. [3]: 594 

Career and awards[edit]

Chowla then returned to India, where he taught at several universities, becoming head of mathematics at Government College, Lahore in 1936.[3]: 594  During the difficulties arising from the partition of India in 1947, he left for the United States.[4] There he visited the Institute for Advanced Study until the fall of 1949, then taught at the University of Kansas in Lawrence until moving to the University of Colorado in 1952.[3]: 594  He moved to Penn State in 1963 as a research professor, where he remained until his retirement in 1976.[3]: 594  He was a member of the Indian National Science Academy.[3]: 595 

Among his contributions are a number of results which bear his name. These include the Bruck–Ryser–Chowla theorem, the Ankeny–Artin–Chowla congruence, the Chowla–Mordell theorem, and the Chowla–Selberg formula, and the Mian–Chowla sequence.


  • Chowla, Sarvadaman (2000). James G. Huard; Kenneth S. Williams (eds.). The Collected Papers of Sarvadaman Chowla. Montréal: Centre de Recherches mathématiques, Université de Montréal. OCLC 43730416.
  • Chowla, S. (1965). Riemann Hypothesis and Hilbert's Tenth Problem. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-677-00140-1. OCLC 15428640.


  1. ^ "Sarvadaman Chowla - Biography". Maths History. Retrieved 2021-04-05.
  2. ^ Raymond G. Ayoub, James G. Huard, and Kenneth S. Williams (May 1998). "Sarvadaman Chowla (1907–1995)" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 45 (5). American Mathematical Society.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e Ayoub, Raymond G.; James G. Huard; Kenneth S. Williams (May 1998). "Sarvadaman Chowla (1907-1995)" (PDF). Notices of the American Mathematical Society. 45 (5). Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society: 594–598. ISSN 0002-9920. OCLC 1480366. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  4. ^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Sarvadaman Chowla", MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive, University of St Andrews

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