Sardar Hardit Singh Malik: The Flying Hobgoblin

Sardar Hardit Singh Malik was born on 23rd November 1894, the second son of Sardar Bahadur Mohan Singh, was born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan). He grew with a huge house, carriages, horses, servants and money. Malik was the title vouchsafed to his grandfather Sardar Khazan Singh. He travelled to EnglandContinue reading “Sardar Hardit Singh Malik: The Flying Hobgoblin”

Remembering Claude Berge: Srinivas Bhogle

Claude Berge, who passed away on 30 June 2002 at the age of 76, was one of the modern founders of combinatorics and graph theory. Berge will be remembered for his wonderful books and his famous conjectures on perfect graphs. During an astonishingly productive period between 1957 and 1970, Berge wrote five books: on Game Theory (1957), GraphContinue reading “Remembering Claude Berge: Srinivas Bhogle”

Aviation in India and France: Blériot and Tata, the first steps

Samuel Berthet My first important memories from the point of view of a growing child, blessed with a fairly observant and inquisitive mind, were about cars and aeroplanes. My father decided that we needed a home of our own in which to spend holidays, and he picked on a new and developing beach resort onContinue reading “Aviation in India and France: Blériot and Tata, the first steps”

Jardin de Lorixa – A Lost Herbal from the 18th Century

Under the title “Ellemans botanique des plante du Jardin de Lorixa, leur vertu et quallite, tans conus que celle qui ne le sont pas, avec leur fleur, fruis et grainne”, the Central library of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris holds a 14- volume folio manuscript, twelve of which contain 722 double-folio paintings of 720Continue reading “Jardin de Lorixa – A Lost Herbal from the 18th Century”

From the Archives: Herbarium of Legris and Meher-Homji

A herbarium is a critical resource for biodiversity, ecological, and evolutionary research studies. It is a primary data source of dried and labeled plant specimens that is arranged to allow for easy retrieval access and archival storage. A herbarium is like a library, but differs in that the information is stored in a biological form––as pressed, dried, and annotated plant specimens .

Pierre Legris and the IFP Herbarium

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Pondicherry was a provincial town in the south of India. Sunny in its appearance, Pondicherry became the focal point of the beginnings and advancement of botanical studies in India. The French Institute rose to prominence in the field. In the wake of India’s focus on scientific institution buildingContinue reading “Pierre Legris and the IFP Herbarium”

Compu-Graphics to Visual Analytics: 80s and after

After the Indo-French Compu-Graphics and Planning Project was over in 1985, I moved back to France as a Technical Counsellor to the Cabinet of the Minister for Cooperation, to develop, with Luc de Golbéry, a Visual Decision Support Information System in “Cellule de Synthèse et d’Information Rapide – CSIR”[1], a Unit for Synthesis and RapidContinue reading “Compu-Graphics to Visual Analytics: 80s and after”

French Data Analysts in India: Early days of Compu-Graphics

Anne Chappuis I must admit that I came to India as an unwilling visitor in 1972. I was a student of tropical geography and had done the fieldwork for my MA in Western Africa, where I wanted to continue my research work. One of my professor, Luc de Golbéry, who became my husband later, hadContinue reading “French Data Analysts in India: Early days of Compu-Graphics”

Geographical research in Andhra Pradesh by French Scholars

Jean Gallais initiated French geographic research in united Andhra Pradesh in 1962 through cooperation with Osmania University and the University of Strasbourg where he was a professor of geography. At the end of the agreement, young researchers from the two geography departments would exchange views to undertake work on fundamental themes corresponding to the researchContinue reading “Geographical research in Andhra Pradesh by French Scholars”

Les Recherches Geographiques Francaises En Andhra Pradesh

 C’est Jean Gallais qui amorça la recherche géographique française dans l’Andhra Pradesh unie de 1962 à travers une coopération avec Osmania University et  l’université de Strasbourg où il était professeur de géographie. Au terme de l’accord de jeunes chercheurs des deux départements de géographie s’échangeraient pour entreprendre des travaux sur des thèmes fondamentaux correspondant auxContinue reading “Les Recherches Geographiques Francaises En Andhra Pradesh”