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This Month in Science History – August born Scientists

Team StoryWeavers|November 20, 2020, 09:06 IST| 24

Science is constantly evolving, helping us understand our world better. Over the centuries, we have been able to understand the world around us a little better, thanks to some brilliant scientists. Some have made our lives easier by inventing machines, creating live saving medicines, whereas some have helped eradicate pain and poverty.  

Here are a few famous scientists who celebrated their birthday in August, who are an inspiration to all of us to never stop dreaming and work hard.

Prafulla Chandra Ray

Born – 2nd August 1861

Known as “Father of Chemical Science”, he was a chemist, educationalist, industrialist and a philanthropist. Founder of India’s first pharmaceutical company, Ray made several contributions to the field of organic and inorganic chemistry. He discovered the stable compound Mercurous Nitrite in 1896 and established India’s first research school in Chemistry

Honours – Faraday Gold Medal of the University of Edinburgh, Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire.

M.S Swaminathan

Born – 7th August 1925

Known as the “Father of Indian Green Revolution”, M.S. Swaminathan followed his vision of removing poverty and hunger from the world. During the Green Revolution, he initiated several programs under which high-yield varieties of wheat and rice seedlings were planted in the fields of poor farmers. He is a geneticist and international administrator and was placed among the Top 20 Most Influential Asians by the “Times Magazine”.

Honours – Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Principal Secretary at Ministry of Agriculture, Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1971, the Albert Einstein World Science Award in 1986, the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Prize in 2000, and the Lal Bahadur Sastri National Award in 2007.

Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai

Born – 12th August 1919

Known as the “Father of India’s Space Program”, Vikram Sarabhai intiated space research in India and was one of the first people to help develop nuclear power. He founded the Physical Research Laboratory in 1947 starting with Cosmic Rays. He played a major role in setting up Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad and was also the Vice President of the fourth UN conference of “Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy”. He succeeded Homi Bhabha to become the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India.

Honours– Padma Bhushan 1966, Padma Vibhushan ( posthumously) 1972, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal, 1962

Gabriel Lippmann

Born – 16th August 1845

French physicist and inventor who invented the first colour photographic plate, Lippmann’s major inventions revolved around Lippmann Colour, Photography, Integral 3-D Photography and the Lippmann Electrometer. He found a way of reproducing colours by photography based on interference phenomenon and was the inventor of Coelostat.

Honours – Nobel Prize for Physics, The Luxembourg Institute for Fundamental Scientific Research was named after Lippmann (Centre de Recherche Public Gabriel Lippmann)

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September 28, 2018


Rohit Singh bisht

September 19, 2018

Ooo very happy because I born in this month and the topic is very knowledgeable


September 10, 2018

Thank for your story they could help us in
lot many ways


September 10, 2018

Thank for your story they could help us in
lot many ways

Ayesha Jabin

September 5, 2018

I will be the succeeding scientist in this list “August Born Scientist ” Inshallah!?

Vaibhav kale

September 3, 2018

Thank you so much ?????

Vaibhav kale

September 3, 2018

They were born for science and technology committee
Science is changing life,science will change
Life further in future. Good for my General
Knowledge and social science and as well as
Researches in cases of school exhibition and motivating
And inspiring information about science and technology.

Ishika Bisht

September 3, 2018

Thanks Byju’s for telling and reading about these amazing scientist and their birth dates and about them.


September 3, 2018

It was interesting I never thought that August is month of science history
Even my birthday is on 2nd August

Prabhat Singh

September 3, 2018

Thank you for giving this information


September 2, 2018

I also like to be a scientist and I like to know past and future and I am glad to know about scientists and I want to be a scientist and make a time machine to go to the past and the future.
Thanks BYJU’S to get know about scientists more.


September 2, 2018

Thank you so much for this information about great scientists

Soumyadeb Mukherjee

September 2, 2018

Thank you forthis information about scientits

Binod choubey

September 2, 2018

I will be very thankful if same type of history of mathematician will be published

Nihla KN

September 2, 2018

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to know more about these great scientists.I have got new informations about these well known scientists.I think only Byjus can share such an amazing knowledge to improve their students. Thank you so much.

Saina Yasmin

September 2, 2018

Thank you for telling us about the scientist


September 1, 2018

Thankyou for this useful information and it was very interesting


September 1, 2018

Thank you for giving an opportunity to read about these great scientists.l had never thought the science we learn now was developed so well in the past. Thankyou!!!


September 1, 2018

Thank you so much for this story.
I had never thought that there could be such thing in science history.
I think only the Byjus can share such an amazing stories for their students.
Again thank you so much.

Chandana B R

September 1, 2018

Inspiration to all youngter of present generation

Shreyas. S

August 31, 2018

Hi, this topic is really interesting.
I learnt more things about these
scientists. Because of these scientists
we are leading a happier life with all
facilities today. Thanks once again.


August 31, 2018

What about Alexander Flemings birthday? 6 August?

Habiba imran Khan

August 31, 2018

I like the technologies that the scientists have discovered… these technologies helps the whole
world. I have got an a new information about (August born Scientists-Learning Tree. And I never knew
that this month in Sientists History. Thanks


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