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M.K. Vainu Bappu is the man behind the inception of the Indian Institute of Astro-Physics. One of the greatest astronomers of India, Vainu has contributed much to the revival of optical astronomy in independent India. M.K. Vainu Bappu was born in 1927 and from childhood he was exposed to astronomy. Bappu joined the prestigious Harvard University on a scholarship after receiving his Masters degree in Physics from Madras University. Very soon as he joined the [...]

“The father of India’s communication revolution”, Satyanarayan Gangaram Pitroda, or Dr Sam Pitroda as he is better known, was born in Titlagarh, Orissa in 1942. Dr. Pitroda is presently the chairman of India’s National Knowledge Commission, besides being the Chairman and CEO of World-Tel Limited and the founder and CEO of C-SAM, Inc. He also worked as an advisor to the United Nations in 1992. His parents had migrated to Orissa from Gujarat. They were [...]

Sabeer Bhatia-co-founder of Hotmail, is one among select group of people who have made it big in America’s Silicon Valley. Born in Chandigarh, Sabeer Bhatia did his schooling from St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Bangalore. He graduated from Caltech and went to Stanford to pursue his MS in Electrical Engineering. Sabeer attended many lectures by famous like Steve Jobs and was determined to make it big. After completing his Masters, he joined Apple computers. He [...]

“The Father of India’s Green Revolution”, M. S. Swaminathan was born on August 7, 1925, in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. His father passed away when he was 11 years old. After his father died, he became close to his uncle, a renowned scholar at the Madras University. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in zoology. As a teenager, he was strongly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of non-violence and belief in swadeshi (self-reliance). He enrolled in the [...]

Prafulla Chandra Roy is one of the famous scientists that India has ever produced. Considered as one of the components of the Bengal Renaissance, P. C. Roy was an eminent scientist, an exemplary entrepreneur, a patriot and a passionate teacher. He was born on 2nd August, 1861 at Khulna in undivided West Bengal. He had his education in Calcutta(Kolkata), studying in some well-known schools and colleges. He went to England as a Gilchrist scholar and [...]

N.R. Narayana Murthy, the founder of Infosys Technologies is one of the most famous personalities in India’s I-T sector. Born on August 20, 1946, he obtained a degree in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Engineering under University of Mysore in 1967 and went on to do his Masters from IIT Kanpur in 1969. He joined Patni Computer Systems in Pune. While at Pune, he met his wife Sudha Murty. In 1981, he founded [...]

Famous Indian astro-physicist, Meghnad Saha was born on 6 October, 1893 in a tiny hamlet near Dhaka in Bangladesh. A student of the prestigious Presidency College, he was a professor at Allahabad University from 1923 to 1938 and after that a Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Calcutta in West Bengal. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1927 and was the President of the 21st session of the [...]

About Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon, born on August 28, 1928, was a physicist and a policy maker from India. He played a vital role in the development of science and technology in India. He is well-known for nurturing the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, which was founded by his mentor Homi J. Bhabha in 1945. Career and Experiments His experiments included cosmic rays, through which he explored the properties of fundamental particles. He was [...]

An extraordinarily talented organizer and administrator of science, K.Chandrasekharan the famous scientist was born on 21 November 1920 in Machilipatnam in modern-day Andhra Pradesh. He worked in the fields of number theory and summability and he was a successful editor of the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society. Komaravolu Chandrasekharan did his schooling from Bapatla in Guntur. Then he passed his Masters in Mathematics from the Presidency College, Chennai and was a Research Scholar in [...]

Eminent scientist Jagdish Chandra Bose was the first to prove that plants have feelings. Born on November 30, 1858 in Mymensingh in present-day Bangladesh, Jagdish Chandra Bose is credited with inventing wireless telegraphy a year before Marconi patented his invention. Jagdish’s father Bhagabanchandra Bose served as a Deputy Magistrate. Young Jagdish Chandra Bose had his early education in his village school before moving to Kolkata,West Bengal in 1869. He graduated in physical sciences in 1879, [...]