T. D. Singh was born on December 9, 1937 in the Himalayan Kingdom of Manipur, which later became a territory and ultimately a state of India. From his young childhood he was an active participant in the devotional arts and culture of the Bhagavata tradition of Manipur.
He was a brilliant student and received many scholarships, which eventually took him to the United States of America where he received his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine.
While in the USA he met, and began advanced studies in the science of Vaishnava Vedanta under his spiritual master, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. As part of the Bhagavata tradition he entered the renounced order of life and received the title Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami.
T. D. Singh used to say, "I am performing the chemistry of cultures."
His ability to synthesize the two apparently opposed cultures in his background, Eastern spirituality and Western science, not only made him unique and was reflected in his life's work, but also assisted in creating a more holistic perspective towards life's journey for numerous world leaders, scientists, educators, spiritualists and individuals.
T. D. Singh departed this world on October 2, 2006.
"Dr. T. D. Singh represents for me a perfect role model how citizens and in particular academics should think, feel, and behave: He has been building bridges between groups of society and between different schools of thought. He has bridged the gaps between science and philosophy. He showed to us what true humanness is; he showed to us what wisdom and compassion really mean. Let us keep his spirit alive, let's not forget him as a role model and improve our own being!"
- Richard R. Ernst -
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
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