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Founder, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, of the Bhaktivedanta Institute as well as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, a spiritual society in which every person regardless of religion, community, nationality and so on, can participate. In this way he created a universal platform wherein people are to be educated in the science of the soul, consciousness and life's mission. For the first time in the cultural and spiritual history of the world, everyone can be united under a common banner. This is the greatest gift given by a saintly person in the twentieth century for the well being of everyone on this planet. He served all with unparalleled dedication to his Master and devotion to the Lord as a true saint, author and teacher extraordinaire.

Founding Director: T.D. Singh, Ph.D. (Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja)

Dr. T. D. Singh received his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of California at Irvine in 1974. He is a scientist and spiritualist known for his pioneering efforts in synthesizing science and religion for a deeper understanding of life and the universe. He has contributed papers in the Journal of American Chemical Society and the Journal of Organic Chemistry in the field of fast proton transfer kinetics in model biological systems using stopped flow technique and NMR spectroscopy. He also worked on gas phase reaction mechanisms using Ion Cyclotron Resonance (ICR) spectroscopy.

He was trained in Vaishnava Vedanta studies from 1970 to 1977 under Srila Prabhupada and was appointed Director of the Bhaktivedanta Institute in 1974. He has organized four International conferences on science and religion - First and Second World Congress for the Synthesis of Science and Religion (1986 & 1997), First International Conference on the Study of Consciousness within Science (1990), and Second International Congress on Life and Its Origin. Collectively thousands of prominent scientists and religious leaders including several Nobel Laureates participated. He has authored and edited several books including What is Matter and What is Life? (1977), Theobiology (1979), Synthesis of Science and Religion: Critical Essays and Dialogues (1987) and Thoughts on Synthesis of Science and Religion (2001).

Dr. T. D. Singh left for the spiritual abode on October 2, 2006.

 


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