Milestones in Science


About the Book
“This compilation is an outcome of the contest “”Quest-Milestones in Science”” that the author participated in when he was a class IX student of the St. John’s School, Chandigarh. The Indian Express, a national Daily, organized the contest. Daily, from Monday through Saturday, some information about a scientist used to be published by the organizers of the quest series comprising 200 scientists. The participants from class V to X were supposed to make a clipping of the write-up published by the daily, dig-out additional material from anywhere to supplement the same and paste it in a scrap book for expert evaluation. Over thirty three thousand scrapbooks were submitted for the competition. A high-powered jury of scientists and academicians subjected these to evaluation. Through a unanimous decision, the work submitted by the author was not only adjudged the best for the single prize of Rs 5000/- but it also fetched a supernumerary special award of Rs 2500/- in addition. Later, when the prizes were announced and the awards presented, it was very satisfying to learn that even the competitors – one and all – admitted it as the best presentation in terms of contents, presentation and completion.
The then Advisor to the Governor of Punjab and Administrator U. T. Chandigarh while presenting the awards, suggested to disseminate the information collected to the benefit of other students. This noble piece of advice touched the author so much so that he was willing to sacrifice the prize money to anyone who publish/ print the work. The objective was to keep the price affordable to the students rather than only the libraries. Finding a body for publishing such a work without any commercial interest was not an easy task. Finally, Vigyan Prasar of the Department of Science and Technology published this work “”Quest- Milestones in Science”” for the benefit of young creative minds. We believe, many of students and youths will also get excited and inspired by the lives and works of accomplished scientists.
We wish to bow before the scientists who by the dint of their hard work, commitment and creativity have made our lives comfortable and meaningful.”

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Divanshoo R Kohli