Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru & Birbal Sahni

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Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru & Birbal Sahni

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Born: 14 November 1889

Died: 27 May 1964

Quotes:  The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.- Jawaharlal Nehru

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Birbal Sahni

Born: 14 November 1891

Died: 10 April 1949

  • He was an Indian paleobotanist who studied the fossils of the Indian subcontinent.
  • He also took an interest in geology and archaeology.
  • He founded what is now the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany at Lucknow in 1946.
  • His major contributions were in the study of the fossil plants of India and in plant evolution.
  • He was also involved in the establishment of Indian science education and served as the President of the National Academy of Sciences, India and as an Honorary President of the International Botanical Congress, Stockholm.
  • He was interested in music and could play the sitar and the violin.
  • He was also interested in clay-modeling and in playing chess and tennis.
  • At Oxford, he used to play tennis for the Indian Majlis.
  • Other interests included geology, photography, archaeology, and numismatics.
  • In 1936 he examined some coins and molds dating to 100 BC from a dig in Khokra Kot and wrote on the possible methods involved in the casting of the coins.
  • The collection is now at the National Museum in New Delhi.
  • He was much liked by his nieces and nephews who called him tamashewala uncle for entertaining them with a monkey-hand-puppet named Gippy.

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