Preface

          This booklet on some famous scientists of modern India was first brought out on the occasion of the Open House for school students at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, on 2 November 2003.

In this new revised edition, we have added a few more biographies and included a list of books for further reading.

All the material herein is from published sources. Needless to add, the list is not complete. We have only chosen those scientists who have been instrumental in building up the vast and rich scientific culture of modern India. All those chosen here have contributed immensely to science. Almost all have been great institution builders. With a few exceptions, all chose to remain and do their work in India.

The compelling factor for the choice of these few, from among the many in the country, is the time and circumstances under which they worked. Their achievements are nothing short of heroic. With no infrastructure and with little support from the Government of the day, they have built up world class scientific institutions and a scientific heritage we can be proud of. The institutions they built still stand proud and are rated highly by the scientific community here and abroad.

The purpose of bringing out such a booklet is to inform and, of course, inspire you - the student. While well-researched, comprehensive biographies of all these scientific personalities are available, they are not always accessible to the student. We hope that you enjoy reading the booklet, as much as we enjoyed preparing it for you.

We sincerely hope that one day your name will figure in such a booklet. Please tell us your impressions of this booklet.

Science Popularisation and Public Outreach Committee
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
November 2004