This is the first volume of a set of two volumes. It comprises a collection of scientists’ lives, their struggles, their achievements and their laurels. The scientists have been grouped under five disciplines—Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Life Sciences. The reader meets people from various backgrounds—those with insufficient schooling, those with little money, those born into aristocracy, those with science in their blood, those battling with grave illnesses, those who moved from one discipline to another (as different as possible from each other); ultimately culminating in path-breaking scientific discoveries. The aim of these brief biographical sketches is to inspire a wider audience to take up the noble pursuit of pure sciences.
Dr R Parthasarathy graduated in Physics from St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirapalli. He obtained his Engineering degree (D.I.I.Sc) from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and his Ph.D in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee).
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