Hari Pulakkat
Science Writer & Journalist
Jahnavi Phalkey
Historian of Science

How do you build a scientifically and technologically strong modern nation with limited means and resources? Indian scientists faced this challenge seven decades ago when the country became independent and confronted a world rapidly advancing in science and technology. In the years that followed, they battled poor funding and archaic regulations to build India’s science infrastructure from scratch. Hari Pulakkat in his book,  ‘Space Life Matter’ captures the story of the struggles and triumphs of these leaders of science and the institutions they founded.

In this episode of BIC Talks which was originally a BIC Streams session, Hari, in conversation with science historian Jahnavi Phalkey talks about key events that shaped Indian science after independence that he explores in the book. This includes the cosmic-ray experiments at the Kolar Gold Fields, the building of the world’s largest radio telescope, ISRO’s space observatory, and how persistent scientist-engineers developed a chemicals and pharmaceutical industry in India.

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