WYC Speaker

Dr Alex Hankey

Distinguished Professor of Yoga and Physical SciencesSwami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA)Bangalore

Dr Alex Hankey is the Distinguished Professor of Yoga and Physical Sciences at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), 30 km south of Bangalore.

He was a scholar at Trinity College in Cambridge University, England where he attained a first in Natural Sciences. From 1968 to 1972 he completed a PhD in theoretical physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA under Professors Steven Weinberg and H. Eugene Stanley. Following this Dr Hankey was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

From 1973 to 1983 Dr Hankey held the post of Assistant Professor at the Maharishi International University, where he related the Vedic sciences to modern science and developed unique approaches to Ayurveda, Jyotish, Samkhya, Yoga and Vedanta. From 1981 to 2002 he lectured in Vedic Science in the United Kingdom.

In 2002 Dr Hankey returned to research, where he applies new physical and biophysical insights to quantum complexity and systems of complementary and alternative medicine, including ayurveda, yoga and yoga medicine. He has developed a new complexity based theory of cognition, and a Vedic approach to understanding quantum theory with new extensions of that theory.

Dr Hankey guides PhD research on yoga, meditation, the mind-body connection, and electronic measurement of holistic aspects of organism function.

Dr Hankey is on the editorial boards of four leading journals in the field of complementary and alternative medicine. He was the founding Executive Director of JAIM, the Journal of Ayurdeva Integrative Medicine and is now its Senior Editor, and is the Vice-Chair of the Committee of Editors of Ayurveda Journals. He has published over 60 papers in peer reviewed scientific literature, and many more articles for more general audiences in other publications.