Homi J. Bhabha: A Life is the first full-fledged biography of the theoretical physicist who founded India?s nuclear programme. A Renaissance man, Bhabha was also a lover of music and an accomplished painter. A scientist and aesthete who was equally at home in the world of science and the arts, he was both a visionary and a doer?a man of thought as well as a man of action. A great deal is known of his astonishing intellect, but less about his human side. This biography combines both aspects of him, presenting a more complete picture of the man.
Bhabha?s life story also provides a good vehicle for telling the story of Indian science and the foundations of India?s atomic energy programme. This biography is as much an early history of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, and India?s atomic energy programme as it is an account of Bhabha?s life and work.
Meticulously researched and narrated in rich, human, political and scientific detail, this biography tells the story of one of twentieth-century India?s greatest scientists and the country?s greatest-ever science administrator.
Bakhtiar K Dadabhoy