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Growing the Tree of Science: Homi Bhabha and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Indira Chowdhury


This book is about one of the premier scientific institutions of modern India—the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) founded by the physicist Homi Bhabha in 1945. In a critical departure from books that focus on Bhabha as the architect of India’s atomic energy programme, Growing the Tree of Science concentrates instead on his efforts towards the creation of a scientific culture at his institute. Bhabha’s institutional model came from the West; the book details out his efforts to transplant the tree of science on Indian soil. Chowdhury weaves together a story of personal connections, ... More

Keywords: Homi Bhabha, science in India, institutional history, legacy, scientific culture, science and citizenship, TIFR

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199466900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Indira Chowdhury, author
heads the Centre for Public History at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bengaluru, India