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Yashpal-A life in Science


About the Book
Prof. Yash Pal embodies several personalities – scientist, science manager, educator, and communicator – all rolled into one. There are few Indian scientists who have done so much in so many different fields, and have done it with such fervour. He built up the Space Applications Centre, a unit of ISRO, at Ahmedabad and was the key person to plan and execute the year-long Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE) during 1975-76, which brought in a new dimension in educational communication in India. Later, he became popular as one who could explain science in layman's language. His regular appearance in the TV science programme 'Turning Point' to answer questions sent by viewers made him almost a public icon. He developed his own unique style of explaining science – not giving direct answers but making the viewers think and understand to get to the answers. This brief biography, profusely illustrated with rare photographs, is an attempt to bring out the multifaceted personality of Prof. Yash Pal, his emphasis on independent thought, and his innovative ways of problem solving.

About the Author
A retired scientist of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Biman Basu is a former Editor of popular science monthly Science Reporter. He has been a regular broadcaster over All India Radio for more than 30 years, has scripted several TV documentaries and published more than 1,000 articles on popular science topics in various publications. He has 27 popular science books to his credit. Some of his books have also been translated into other Indian languages including Assamese, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu and have gone into multiple reprints. He is a winner of the 1994 NCSTC National Award for science popularisation, awarded annually by the Department of Science and Technology.

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