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Anglophile scientist, ardent nationalist

Bhabha was born into a wealthy Parsi family (he was related to the Tatas). He studied physics at Cambridge and wrote several well-regarded papers

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Homi J Bhabha: A Life
Author: Bakhtiar K Dadabhoy
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This door-stopping monster would be better described as a history of India’s scientific research establishment with a special focus on one individual, rather than a biography. Homi Jehangir Bhabha (1909-1966) died in a plane crash in January 1966, the day before Indira Gandhi was sworn in as Prime Minister. He was one of a small cohort of experts instrumental in shaping India’s relationship with science, playing a crucial role as organiser, administrator and evangelist.

He coaxed and cajoled the Tatas into creating the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

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First Published: May 31 2023 | 11:02 PM IST

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