Jayant Narlikar graduated from Banaras Hindu University, India, in 1957. He then studied mathematics at Cambridge University, graduating with the highest honours and the Tyson Medal for Astronomy. He continued in Cambridge, obtaining first a Ph.D. and then the Sc.D. degree of Cambridge University. Professor Narlikar was a founder staff member of the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy in Cambridge in 1966 and later, in 1988, set up and became director of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India. He has received world-wide acclaim for his research in gravitation and cosmologyJ. V. Narlikar is the author of 'An Introduction to Cosmology', published 2002 under ISBN 9780521793766 and ISBN 0521793769.