Homi Jehangir Bhabha Jayanti Special: 30 October

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Homi Bhabha, known as the “Father of India’s nuclear programme”, was a nuclear scientist. His role is important in the scientific development of India. His contribution to the world of nuclear science is incomparable. His signature on the scientific and technological landscape of the country is unforgettable. Today, on his birth anniversary on 30th October, let us know some things about him.

  • Homi Bhabha was born on October 30, 1909 in Mumbai, India, into a prominent Parsi family.
  • His early education took place in Mumbai. He attended Elphinstone College and later the Royal Institute of Science. Bhabha’s passion for physics took him to Cambridge.
  • The biggest reason why engineers are inspired by Dr. Homi Bhabha is that he was among the first Indians to be nominated for the prestigious Nobel Prize for Physics in the late 1950s.
  • The country celebrated his contributions by awarding him the Adams Award in 1942 and the Padma Bhushan in 1954.
  • He established the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in 1945 and the Atomic Energy Commission in 1948. He was the first chairman of the commission.
  • In 1954, Bhabha established a nuclear research center at Trombay, which was later named Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC).
  • Tragically, Homi Bhabha died in a plane crash on January 24, 1966, while he was on his way to Vienna for a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • His death was a significant loss to India’s scientific community and its nuclear programme.
  • Homi Bhabha’s contribution to nuclear science, education and research in India has left an indelible mark on the scientific landscape of the country.
  • His dedication towards advancing India’s nuclear capabilities as well as his vision of using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes has paved the way for India’s position in the global nuclear community.


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