Jayant Vishnu Narlikar is an Indian astrophysicist. He had his early education in the campus of Banaras Hindu University, and then went to Cambridge for further studies . He developed with Sir Fred Hoyle the conformal gravity theory, commonly known as Hoyle–Narlikar theory. He became Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai in 1972 after returning to India.Narlikar has received several national and international awards and honorary doctorates. India’s second highest civilian honor, Padma Vibhushan, was awarded to him in 2004 for his research work. Prior to this, in 1965, he was conferred Padma Bhushan.