Book Review: ‘Homi J. Bhabha: A Life’ by Bakhtiar K. Dadabhoy

The untold story of a nuclear science pioneer renowned for his excellence.

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Book Title: Homi J. Bhabha: A Life
Author: Bakhtiar K. Dadabhoy
Publisher: Rupa Publications

Book Review
The book “Homi J. Bhabha: A Life” was written by Bakhtiar K. Dadabhoy, an acclaimed author of eight works, including “Jeh: A Life of JRD Tata,” “Sugar in Milk: Lives of Eminent Parsis,” and “Barons of Banking: Glimpses of Indian Banking History.” Bhabha, who came from a renowned Parsi family, was a multifaceted individual interested in the sciences and the arts. He was a scholar, aesthete, music lover, and accomplished painter.

Homi Bhabha made significant contributions to nuclear physics, including work on cosmic radiation theory, nuclear reaction research, and the creation of the Bhabha scattering theory. He also established India’s first atomic energy plant and was instrumental in the country’s nuclear energy program.

Homi J. Bhabha A Life by Bakhtiar K. Dadabhoy Book Cover
Homi J. Bhabha A Life by Bakhtiar K. Dadabhoy Book Cover

Homi Bhabha was also a strong supporter of the arts and was involved in founding Mumbai’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. He believed science and technology were crucial for India’s growth and advocated for creating study institutions and universities.

Unfortunately, Bhabha died in 1966 at 56 in the Air India Flight 101 accident. Still, his legacy continues to impact nuclear physics in India, and he is considered one of the country’s most significant experts.

This is the first detailed biography of Homi J. Bhabha, who established India’s nuclear program and is recommended for science book fans and young readers.

– Swapna Peri

The biographical TV series “Rocket Boys” on SonyLIV focuses on the lives of Homi J. Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai, two remarkable men who played a crucial role in India’s scientific growth from the 1940s to the 1960s. Created by Nikkhil Advani and directed by Abhay Pannu, the show portrays the inspiring story of India’s journey toward becoming a strong, independent nation.

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It showcases the lives of three great men responsible for launching India’s space and nuclear programs: Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, the architect of India’s Nuclear Programme, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, known as the father of the Indian Space Program, and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the Missile Man of India.

Thus, this is the first detailed biography of Homi J. Bhabha, who established India’s nuclear program and is recommended for science book fans and young readers.

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