Passings: Professor Hansraj Joshi was a long-serving faculty member at York University

Professor Hansraj “Hans” Pitamberdas Joshi from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of York University died suddenly on Tuesday, April 21 in Toronto. He was born on November 01, 1938 in the Sirhi District of Rajasthan Province of India.

Professor Hansraj "Hans" Joshi
Professor Hansraj “Hans” Joshi

Professor Joshi was educated and completed his PhD degree in Real Analysis in 1968 at Banaras Hindu University.  He worked for two years as a faculty member at Surat University in Gujarat Province of India.  From 1971 to 1975 he was the chair of the Department of Mathematics of Zambia University.

In a productive career that spanned 35 years, Professor Joshi taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at York University and the University of Toronto. He was known as a dedicated and passionate teacher, and was well-liked and well respected by his students and colleagues in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. His most recent research was on fields of Vedic Mathematics.

A deeply religious person, Professor Joshi was very active in his community.  He initiated and organized a school in his native village in India in 2005 and for the last decade was a major donor to the school. Professor Joshi was the president of Hindu Association in Zambia. He was also the president and life time trustee of Sanatan Mandir Culture Center in Toronto. A scholar in Sanskrit, Professor Joshi was a known authority in Ramayana and Geeta.

A funeral service for Professor Joshi was held on Saturday, April 25 at the Brampton Crematorium and Visitation Centre.

He will be missed by his colleagues and students.