Book Launch: ‘Homi J Bhabha: A Life’ By Bakhtiar K Dadabhoy

Author Bakhtiar K Dadabhoy’s recent book release titled, ‘Homi J Bhabha: A Life’ chronicles the life of one of India’s most impactful and exceptional scientists, alongside a significant era in Indian science. Published by Rupa, this biography of Homi Bhabha, who established India’s nuclear energy programme, comprehensively covers his early life, scientific experiments, institution building, his role as a science administrator as also a patron of the arts.

Diligently researched and expressive in rich, human, political and scientific detail, the biography narrates the story of one of twentieth-century India’s greatest scientists and the country’s greates-ever science administrator. Author Bakhtiar Dadabhoy has earlier written bestselling biographies of JRD Tata and legendary music conductor, Zubin Mehta.

‘Homi J. Bhabha: A Life’ is the first full-fledged biography of the theoretical physicist who founded India’s nuclear programme. Broadly divided into three distinct parts: ‘Scientist as Researcher’; ‘Scientist as Institution-Builder’; and ‘Scientist as Administrator’, the book is a monumental study in reconstructing the multifaceted personality of Bhabha, who is regarded as the ‘Father of the Indian Nuclear Programme’ and largely remembered for his outstanding research on the cosmic radiation theory that earned him nominations for the Nobel Prize. Truly an imperative read and a spectacular tribute to one of India’s outstanding scientists and a community legend.

A Renaissance man, Bhabha was also a lover of music and an accomplished painter. A scientist and aesthete who was equally at home in the world of science and the arts, he was both a visionary and a doer—a man of thought as well as a man of action. A great deal is known of his astonishing intellect, but less about his human side. This author painstakingly explores multiple, erstwhile neglected, facets of the scientist’s unique personality, presenting a holistic biography that combines all aspects.


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