Homi J. Bhabha
Homi Jehangir Bhabha
Born:30 October 1909
Died: 24 January 1966
- He was an Indian nuclear physicist, founding director, and professor of physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).
- Colloquially known as “father of the Indian nuclear programme”,Bhabha was also the founding director of the Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET) which is now named the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in his honor.
- TIFR and AEET were the cornerstone of Indian development of nuclear weapons which Bhabha also supervised as director.
- He established the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bombay, and the Atomic Energy Commission in 1948, serving as its first chairman.
- He was awarded Padma Bhushan by Government of India in 1954.
- He later served as the member of the Indian Cabinet’s Scientific Advisory Committee and provided the pivotal role to Vikram Sarabhai to set up the Indian National Committee for Space Research.
- He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1958.
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