Sixty years of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research 1945-2005: The role of young men in the creation and development of this institute

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Journal Articles


BV Sreekantan


Current Science, Volume 90, Number 7, p.1012–1025 (2006)



In this Birth Centenary year of Bharat Ratna J. R. D. Tata, several eminent men from different walks of life have highlighted in different places, the outstanding and rich contributions of J. R. D. Tata to the fields of industry, science, technology, education and human welfare. Many institutions came into existence in the country because of his appreciative and magnanimous support and personal involvement. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai is one such institution, which has just completed 60 years of its existence. J. R. D. Tata not only helped in the creation of this Institute, but also guided the course of development of this Institute as the Chairman of the Governing Council for over three decades. Let me narrate the circumstances that created TIFR in the words of the Founder??Director Homi Bhabha himself.


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