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also known as N. K. Thakare

mathematician , Professor , Social-reformer

Professor N. K. Thakare is an Indian Mathematician, educational administrator, writer, and a social worker. He developed mathematical interest among the students, particularly from rural and educationally backward regions. His research in Classical Analysis and Modern Algebra is worldwide well known. He created and maintained high standards of the teaching-learning process while working as the first Vice-Chancellor of N. M. University, Jalgaon.


Professor Thakare born and brought up from a small village named Morane of Khandesh region of India in a poor illiterate farmer family. Most of the part of Morane and surroundings is tribal and faces the problem of scarcity of water.


Professor Thakare completed graduation B.Sc. (Mathematics) from Fergusson College, Pune, Post graduation M.Sc. (Mathematics) from Bombay University and Ph.D. under the guidance of Professor B.R. Bhonsale from Shivaji University, Kolhapur.


He started his career at the Goa Campus of Mumbai University in 1968, and in 1969 he joined Shivaji University, Kolhapur. From 1977 to 1982 he worked as a reader in Mathematics, at Marathwada University Aurangabad. He worked as a founder Principal from 1982 to 1983 at Jaihind College, Dhule and then joined as Lokmanya Tilak Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics of Pune University. The Government of Maharashtra appointed him as a first Vice-Chancellor of North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon. After his tenure of Vice-Chancellor, he rejoined Pune university in 1996. He retired as a Professor in 1998 and then started an English Medium School under the organization of Shevanti-Krishna Trust at his native place Morane. He also worked for the Indian Mathematical Society under different capacities, as the Academic Secretary from 1998 to 2007, as the Editor of the Journal of Indian Mathematical Society from 2007 to 2013, and from 2013 to till date he is working as the General Secretary of the Society.


  • Within a short period of time, he proved himself as an influencing popular teacher among the students. His research career started in the area of Complex Analysis and Geometry of Banach Spaces. Schur property in conjugate Banach spaces was characterized by Thakare and Pethe, and they also answered in the affirmative an open problem in "Geometry of Banach" spaces posed by J. Diestel. The study of non-normal operators on Hilbert spaces carried out by his group has received recognition and a few open problems posed by him have been solved by other mathematicians. Professor Thakare's most conspicuous finding along with H.C. Madheker is in constructing pairs of biorthogonal polynomials with respect to Jacobi weight function, Hermite weight function, and Szego-Hermite weight function. This area has a deep potential in a calculation of the penetration of gamma rays through matter. A conjecture of Richard Askey concerning a solution of dual series equations involving Jacobi polynomials of different orders was settled by Thakare. A method known as Szego-Fujiwara-Thakare that unifies in every sense of the term the complete study of classical orthogonal polynomials (i.e. Jacobi, Laguerre and Hermite polynomials) and Bessel polynomials was given.

    Professor Thakare is one of those rare mathematicians who earlier worked in mathematics with the old classical geometric approach and then adopted with modern algebraic and topological techniques. The collaboration of Thakare's group with Professor S. Maeda revolved around symmetricity in partially ordered sets and rings with involution. In 1995, Thakare introduced ENCP axiom (existence of non-central projection) for Baer *-rings and solved the open problem raised by Berberian by proving that in an AW* algebra, a unitary can be written as a product of four symmetries. Thakare and Waphare gave a complete classification of *-rings with finitely many elements into Baer *-rings and non-Baer *-rings. Thakare and his group introduced an adjunct operation in lattices and gave a structure theorem for dismantlable lattices. They also gave a suitable definition of modular pairs in posets that solves the long-standing open problem raised by G. Birkhoff.

    The Khandesh subregion of Maharashtra state was under the jurisdiction of Pune University and in 1990, for this region, the North Maharashtra University was established of which Professor N. K. Thakare became the first Vice-Chancellor. His hard work with full of enthusiasm and excellent skill of administration brought the University among the top universities in India within the span of six years. While leading the Indian Mathematical Society which was established in 1907 and is one of the oldest scientific society in India, he succeeded in bringing the standards of the journals published by the Society at par with the worldwide reputed journals in Mathematics. For rural and tribal students Professor Thakare with the help of his wife Pushpal Thakare created an educational hub through Shevanti-Krishna Trust organization.

    He obtained fluency in the languages namely, Marathi (Mother's tongue), English, Hindi, Gujarathi, German, Bengali, Hungarian, Urdu etc. He is a well-known Marathi writer having contributions to Marathi stories, poems, books, and act plays.


  • book

    • Proceedings of Ramanujan Birth Centenary Year International Symposium on Analysis

      (Proceedings of the International Symposium organized by D...)

    • Apla Maharashtra

  • papers

  • poems

    • Shoonya ani Infinity

      (A collection of Prof Thakare's poems in Marathi)

  • stories

    • Nimbol

      (A collection of short stories written in Marathi.)

  • story

    • Zoola

      (On the basis of this Marathi story, he received Reoo Prat...)

  • Other Work

    • Court Marshal

      (Writer of this three-act play in Marathi)


He is a strong believer of "Work is Worship"


He remained away from politics.


N. K. Thakare is a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and Sane Guruji and adopted a view that no human being is of less importance and no work is of less importance.

Quotations: Khara to Ekachi Dharm Jagala Prem Arpave{Marathi quote}


• Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India.

• Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences.

• Executive Secretary of Indian Mathematical Society from 1st April 2013.

• President of Indian Mathematical Society for the year 1995-96.

• Editor of Journal of Indian Mathematical Society from 1st April 2007 to 2013

• Academic Secretary of the Indian Mathematical Society from 1998 to 2001 and 2002 to 2007.

• President of Maharashtra Ganit Adhyapak Mandal for the year 1990-91.

  • Mathematical reviewer

    American Mathematical Society , United States


  • Governing Council

    Indian Mathematical Society , India


  • Standing Committee

    Association of Indian Universities , India

    1995 - 1996

  • Sectional Committee

    Indian Science Congress Association. , India

  • London Mathematical Society , United King

    1973 - 1977

  • Editorial Board

    Society for Special Functions and Applications. , India

  • Executive Council

    Maharashtra Council of Science and Technology, Bombay , India

    1992 - 1995

  • Marathwada Sahitya Parishad , India


Son of Krishna Ramchandra and Shevantabai Krishna (Nikam) Thakare. Professor Thakare has 17 Ph. D. students.

Krishna Ramchandra Thakare - Indian

Shevantabai Krishna (Nikam) Thakare - Indian

Amit Thakare - Indian

Asawari Thakare - Indian

Ph.D. Advisor:
B. R. Bhosale - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
B. K. Karande - Inadian

Ph. D. Student:
K. R. Patil - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
P. V. Pethe - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
S. V. Phadke - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
S. K. Khasbardar - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
D. A. Patil - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
Y. S. Pawar - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
S. R. Kulkarni - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
C. S. Manjarekar - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
H. C. Madhekar - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
Meenakshi P. Wasadikar - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
S. K. Nimbhorkar - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
Asha Rao - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
B. N. Waphare - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
Neeta Bharambe - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
M. M. Pawar - Indian

Ph. D. Student:
V. S. Kharat - Indian