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The Rediff Special

September 27, 2004

Raja Ramanna, a stalwart of India's nuclearprogramme, died in Mumbai on September 23. He was 79.

Born in Tumkur, Karnataka, Ramanna graduated from Madras University and earned a doctorate in the United Kingdom. He returned and joined eminent scientist Dr Homi Jehangir Bhabha, the father of the Indian nuclear programme,at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Bhabha hand-picked Dr Ramanna to put the country on the world nuclear map in a short time after his theory of nuclear fission was established between 1965 and 1968. Dr Ramanna rose to become head of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre at Trombay in Mumbai.

He reached the pinnacle of his glory in 1974 when he led the team that conducted the country's first nuclear testat Pokhran, Rajasthan. In recognition of his work, he was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian award.

Ramanna the scientist was also passionate about music and could play the piano and violin with dexterity.

Here's your chance to pay tribute to this multi-faceted personality. Post your comments.

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Sub: tributes

it was very sad to say that a legend in indian scientific field a versatile personality is no more. but whether his contribution is properly ...

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we had lot of confusion about the death of the top scientist his contribution to the nuclear science and the technological developments we achieved is ...

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if a 3rd class politician dies the govt. declare 3 day mourning.but a greatest scientist like dr.raja ramanna died what our govt. given importance

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Sub: Man to admire

This is the man I admired in my life after I read about him in one of my class science book. His style of work ...

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For a boy like me,born in the 1980s,its difficult to understand how immense Dr.Raja Ramanna's contribution was to the country's progress.But our generation will always ...

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