Father of India's Atomic Energy Program

Homi Jahangir Bhabha was a great nuclear scientist of India. He is called the father of India's nuclear energy program. He laid such a strong foundation for the future form of the country's nuclear program, due to which India today stands in the queue of the world's major nuclear-rich countries.

 Homi Jahangir Bhabha was born on 30 October 1909 in a wealthy Parsi family in Mumbai. His father Jahangir Bhabha was educated at Cambridge and was a well-known lawyer. From the very beginning, he was very interested in physics and mathematics. Homi passed the BSc examination from Elphinstone College Mumbai. In 1930 he graduated and in 1934 he received his doctorate from the University of Cambridge.

Year 1939, in the Indian School of Science Bangalore, he established a separate department for the discovery of cosmic rays. In the year 1941, at the age of 31, Dr. Bhabha was elected a member of the Royal Society, which was a great achievement in itself. He founded the 'Tata Institute of Fundamental Research' in Mumbai with the help of JRD Tata and became its director in the year 1945. Sir CV Raman, used to call him Leonardo de Vinci of India.

He had a keen interest in science as well as in the fields of classical music, sculpture, painting and dance. They encouraged painters and sculptors to buy their paintings and sculptures and decorate them at the institute in Tombre.

In the year 1954, the Government of India decorated Dr. Bhabha with Padma Bhushan. In the year 1955, Dr. Homi Bhabha was appointed as Chairman in the first conference of 'Use of Atomic Energy for Peaceful Works' at Geneva.

 This great scientist and dreamer of India died in a plane crash in Switzerland on 24 January 1966.

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