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Not many of us know who was Homi Jehangir Bhabha was and how he posed the shortcomings to western countries. He had such great and powerful mind that he was a threat to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the American’s finally took his life. On Bhabha’s 109th birth anniversary, we will share some unknown facts about this legend.
- Bhabha is known for his work under Indian Nuclear Programmes, Cascade Process of Cosmic Radiations Point Particles, Bhabha Scattering and Theoretical Prediction of Muon.
- He was awarded Adams Prize (1942), Padma Bhushan (1954), Fellow of the Royal Society.
- Bhabha and Heitler used a theory in 1936 that described how the upper atmosphere of Earth interacts with primary cosmic rays that come out from the outer space and results in the production of particles and how they are observed at the ground level.
- They also carried out various calculations that were based on their theory. It turned out that the theory and calculations were agreed with Auger and Rossi’s observation about cosmic rays that were showered a several years ago.
- They went on to conclude that if all the properties of the particles were produced by interaction in the upper atmosphere then cosmic rays can be observed and they would straight away give experimental verification for the Theory of Relativity that was provided by Albert Einstein.
- Bhabha earned the Senior Studentship of 1851 Exhibition in 1937. This also allowed him to continue his work until 1939’s breakout of WWII.
- Homi Bhabha did significant work in identification of Muon (he gave theoretical prediction). His extraordinary works eventually led to his election in Royal Society in 1941.
Homi Bhabha was a gifted scientist. He had contributed a lot under cosmic rays and helped the understanding of the same. He also played a major role in the establishment and development of India’s atomic energy program.
At the time when atomic power was far-sighted, he had the courage to the foresight and begin the program in newly Independent India. He also served as the President under the United Nations Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, held in Geneva. After his death, India’s Atomic Energy Establishment was renamed as the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in his honor.