Cultural Studies of Science Education

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 507–519 | Cite as

Homi Jehangir Bhabha: remembering a scientist and celebrating his contributions to science, technology, and education in India

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The focus of this paper is on the current developments in science education occurring in the posthumously built Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education in Mumbai and to offer context for various indigenous developments that are shaping science education in India today. In this paper, I describe the story of Homi Bhabha and his rich legacy of India’s atomic energy program. Specifically, I focus on the institutions built by Homi Bhabha, including the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and I examine how these institutions have enabled Indian scientists to contribute to the advancement of science knowledge in the world.


Homi J. Bhabha Science education 

Executive Summary



I deeply appreciate the kindness and hospitality with which I was welcomed at HBCSE by Pradhan, Kumar, and Chunawala. It was a pleasure to interview the faculty and staff at the HBCSE. Through our interactions, I learned a lot about the Centre and the myriad reform projects that have initiated in the community. I would also like to thank the research scholars and doctoral students, Shamin Padalkar, Abhijeet Bardapurkar and Ritesh Khunyakari, who each discussed their science education projects and their future plans with me. The content of this paper is based on interviews, TIFR and HBSCE in-house documents and other sources referenced below. I would also like to thank my colleague, Sonya Martin, for the opportunity to write this paper and for her thoughtful editorial comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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