7 Must-Read Inspirational Books For Science Lovers On Famous Indian Scientists

Indian Scientist By Riddhi Agrawal | 2 min read

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Many famous Indian scientists and personalities have influenced our way of life. After many failures and unsuccessful experiments, a scientist continues to try new things. Scientists all over the world are an inspiration, and some famous Indian scientists have written informative books. These books should be read at least once in a lifetime. Famous Indian scientists like A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, CV Raman, Kalpana Chawla, Birbal Sahni, Janaki Ammal, and others have influenced India in a variety of ways.

The Famous Indian Scientist:- APJ ABDUL KALAM

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is one of the famous Indian Scientists who is also known as the Missile Man of India and has produced several successful missiles. Apart from being a great scientist, Dr. Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Along with other books, Kalam also penned an autobiography called “Wings of Fire (1999)”.

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In his autobiography, Dr. Kalam inspired many people by telling his life story and journey, from being a common man to one of the most famous Indian scientists. Apart from being a scientist, Dr Kalam shared his life’s journey as a President. He was a firm believer that each of us was born with the strength and potential to make a tangible difference in the world. The book contains 24 photographs of different stages of his life, and the book has 180 pages, the book is available online and offline as well.


Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman was a physicist who also gave the Quote “Treat me right and you will see the light, treat me wrong and you will be gone” Raman won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930 for his discovery “The Raman effect

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For his breakthrough discovery “The Raman Effect”, C V Raman was the first non-caucasian and first Asian to receive the Nobel Prize for Science in 1930 for his groundbreaking discovery. While Raman’s science is excellent and well-documented, little is known about his personal life. In an attempt to document Raman’s life, the author traces the influences and events that shaped him into the fascinating man and scientist that he was. The book contains 296 pages, available online and offline as well.


Famous Indian Scientists Kalpana Chawala
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Anil Padmanabhan wrote an inspiring book about India’s one of most famous scientists and worldwide celebrated astronauts, Kalpana Chawala, an easy-to-read book for kids. The book contains Chawala’s lifetime story and her journey from Karnal to Colombia’s Space Shuttle. As a kid, Chawala always wanted to be an astronaut and she firmly believed that one must follow their dream. The book contains 94 pages and is an inspiring read for kids, especially girls who want to pursue their dreams and follow their passion.  Also if you are a new reader, you can start with Our Favourite 8 Sudha Murthy Books – A Fine Collection Of Book For New Readers

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Birbal Sahni was born on 14 November 1891 at Behra in the Saharanpur District of West Punjab, which is now part of Pakistan’s Punjab. Sahani studied at Lahore University in Punjab, later in 1911 he went to Emmanuel College at Cambridge, England, and studied Palaebotony. He also founded the Birbal Sahani Institute of Paleobotany, Lucknow.


Famous Indian Scientists Birbal Sahani
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The book mentions how explorative Sahani was, and how he explored nature and the Himalayan region exuberantly. The author also cites his personal life and behaviour, dedication to study, and early memories of admiring his father’s wisdom and commitment. In an effort to chronicle his life, the author traces the influences and occasions that led to the development of the fascinating man and scientist that he was. How the Discovery of “Red Snow” made his professor at Cambridge praise him to the skies and many more stories from his life. Sahani’s life is an inspiration for all of us.  

E.K. Janaki Ammal: Life and Scientific Contributions 

Edavalath Kakkat Janaki Ammal, a famous Indian Scientist, and botanist who worked on plant breeding, cytogenetics, and phytogeography, is also known for making Indian Sugarcane sweet. Ammal became the first woman to receive Padma Shri in 1977.

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E.K. Janaki Ammal: Life and Scientific Contributions, delves an insight into the life and contribution of this famous Indian Scientist. The book shares some interesting insights from the dairy of Ammal’s father, Krishnan. The author narrates his experience of how he personally followed the path of Ammal. The book is an improved translation of the author’s Malayalam version, which was published in 2020.

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