Masterful Spirit: Homi J. Bhabha (1909 1966)

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9780143066729: Masterful Spirit: Homi J. Bhabha (1909 1966)

Scientist, citizen, artist the Renaissance man of India Homi Jehangir Bhabha, one of India s outstanding scientists, shouldered the beginnings of India s nuclear programme. He was the first chairman of India s Atomic Energy Commission, and the builder of two of India s most significant scientific institutions the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and the Atomic Energy Establishment, renamed Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1966. A Masterful Spirit presents the life and achievements of the man through previously unpublished letters, and photographs and paintings, and the recollections of his family, friends, colleagues and students. Designed to convey the flavour of Bhabha s life and times, this book tells the inspiring story of a man whom Sir C.V. Raman described as the modern equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci . It acquaints us with the many facets of Bhabha s personality: physicist, institution-builder, concerned citizen, artist, connoisseur of the arts, designer of gardens and, above all, a charismatic and compassionate human being.

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Indira Chowdhury s book The Frail Hero and Virile History was awarded the Tagore Prize in 2001. She is responsible for setting up the Archives of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Ananya Dasgupta is Consultant Editor to the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Archives, and is also responsible for the TIFR Oral History Project.

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