Famous Indian Scientists who Made India Proud

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Salim Ali

Indian ornithologist and naturalist Salim Moizuddin Abdul Ali, also known as the Birdman of India, was one of the first Indians to conduct bird surveys across the country. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his work.  It was WS Millard, the secretary of the Bombay Natural History Society, who introduced Salim to the study of birds. Salim played an essential role in the development of the Bombay Natural History Society. Image source: tribuneindia.com

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Prafulla Chandra Ray

Prafulla Chandra Ray was the founder of Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, the first pharmaceutical company of India. He was known to be a great chemist, educator and entrepreneur. Image source: wikimedia.org

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CV Raman

Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman is well known for his splendid work in light scattering which also earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930. The phenomenon which he discovered is called the Raman Effect. He was also awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1954. Image source: wikimedia.org

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Homi Jehangir Bhabha

Indian nuclear physicist Homi Jehangir Bhabha was the founder of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).  He is commonly known as the father of the Indian nuclear programme. Image source: lh5.ggpht.com

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Homi Jehangir Bhabha
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APJ Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is one of the famous Indian scientists who also served as the eleventh President of India. He worked as an aerospace engineer with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Kalam started his career by designing a small helicopter for the Indian Army. He is popularly known as the Missile Man of India for his work on ballistic missiles. Image source: abdulkalam.com

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Birbal Sahni

Birbal Sahni was one of India’s famous palaeobotanist (studied plant fossils) and also had an interest in archaeology. The Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany in Lucknow was founded by Sahni. His profound research earned him a lot of recognition. Image source: topindians.weebly.com

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Raj Reddy

The Indian–American computer scientist Raj Reddy is known for his work on artificial intelligence. His research studies also include robotics and human computer interactions. Reddy was the first Asian to receive the Turner Award, the highest award in computer science. Image source: im.rediff.com

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Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis is known for his anthropometric studies in India. He is well known for Mahalanobis distance – a statistical measure. Prasanta founded the Indian Statistical Society. His contributions to large-scale sample surveys are great. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Indian Government. Image source: 3.bp.blogspot.com

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SS Abhyankar

The famous mathematician Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar is well known for his contributions to algebraic geometry. His work won him many awards. Image source: cs.purdue.edu

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Meghnad Saha

The man who developed the Saha equation Meghnad Saha was one of the famous astrophysicists of India. The Saha equation is known to explain the physical and chemical conditions in stars. Image source: web.calstatela.edu

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Meghnad Saha
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