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This Month In Science History – Scientists who celebrated their Birthday in October

Team Storyweavers
October 31, 2018

We are celebrating the birthday of some of our favourite geniuses this month! Which one of these geniuses do you share your birthday with?

Homi J. Bhabha

Born : October 30th, 1909

Profession : Nuclear Physicist, Founding Director and Professor at TATA Institute of Fundamental Research and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. Known as “Father of the Indian Nuclear Programme.”

Awards : Padma Bhushan, Fellow of the Royal Society, Adams Prize

Known for : Being the visionary behind India’s Three Stage Nuclear Power Programme and the Bhabha Scattering along with many other contributions. 

Subramaniam Chandrashekhar

Born : October 19th, 1910

Profession : His scientific career spanned from Astrophysics, General Relativity, Fluid Dynamics to Radiation.

Awards : Nobel Prize in Physics, Copley Medal, Heineman Prize and several more.

Known for : The Astrophysical Chandrashekhar Limit and NASA named the third of its 4 “ Great Observatories” after Chandrashekhar, alongwith an asteroid that is named after him.

Narinder Singh Kapany

Born : October 31st, 1926

Profession : Physicist, known as Father of Fiber Optics (the backbone of the Internet), entrepreneur who founded Optics Technology Inc.

Awards : Pravasi Bhartiya Samman, The Excellence 2000 Award, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Known for : Often called the Man Who Can Bend Light, he made great contributions to biomedical instrumentation, solar energy and pollution monitoring.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Born : October 15th, 1931

Profession : Indian Scientist who served as 11th President of India (2002- 2007)

Awards : Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Hoover Medal, and several more.

Known For : Project Director for SLV-III, which deployed India’s first indigenous satellite, Rohini, launched into orbit in 1980, his book – Wings of Fire.

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