Name : Alex Hankey
Web Bio : Alex Hankey is a theoretical physicist trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Deeply interested in Vedanta, Yoga, and Ayurveda, he played a vital role in setting up Maharishi University of Management and later on became a professor at it, where he taught the first undergraduate course in philosophy of science. His current work relates to applying a combination of philosophical arguments and knowledge of Vedic sciences to solve the problems with in modern science, and thereby refining the foundations of physics, biology, and information theory.
He obtained his PhD in 1972, and thereafter he authored/co-authored many papers on the same, which now have resurfaced as applications to criticality in biosystems.
Working as an assistant professor at the Maharishi International University, Hankey developed unique approaches to Ayurveda, Jyotish, Samkhya, Yoga and Vedanta. He then became visiting professor at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, before becoming a distinguished professor in yoga and physical science there. He founded the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine and is on the editorial boards of many leading journals in the field. He has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and many expository articles for a general audience.
Taking inputs from Vedic sciences, Hankey tries to resolve problems in theoretical physics like the nature of the Hawking-Penrose singularity, “holistic” processes in physics and biology, the interpretation of quantum theory, the origins of thermodynamics, the implications of dispersion relations and analyticity. He has developed a new complexity based theory of cognition, and a Vedic approach to understanding quantum theory with new extensions of that theory. Due to his diverse research interests, he has been a guest speaker at many international and national conferences, and has been featured in the news several times for promoting traditional knowledge to serve mankind and restoring a substantial ethical basis for modern life, introducing proper preventative health programs in developed societies, etc.,
Hankey lives in Bangalore, India, where he guides PhD research on yoga, meditation, the mind-body connection, and electronic measurement of holistic aspects of organism function.