French Medicine and Training in India

On 30th June 1898, Father Just-Théodore Falourd, a French missionary in Pondichéry died in a syncope a few hours after his surgery. Father Falourd was one of the sincerest missionaries who were working in Pondichéry in the late nineteenth century. His unfortunate demise happened in Hôpital Colonial.  The Jesuit missionaries were among the first people to bringContinue reading “French Medicine and Training in India”

NII, AIIMS, and CEFIPRA: My Collaborations with India

Gérard Charles Paul Chaouat I fell in love with India over several years of collaboration with Indian scientists. I usually prefer to live outside the metropolitan bustle. However, being in Delhi was inevitable. I was witness to the slow disappearance of the star-spangled night sky of Delhi. I liked to be in Delhi, especially forContinue reading “NII, AIIMS, and CEFIPRA: My Collaborations with India”

From Travelers to Physicians: French Medicine in Colonial India

Le seul véritable voyage … ce ne serait pas d’aller vers de nouveaux paysages, mais d’avoir d’autres yeux, de voir l’univers avec les yeux d’un autre, de cent autres, de voir les cent univers que chacun d’eux voit  The only true voyage of discovery … would be not to visit new landscapes, but to possessContinue reading “From Travelers to Physicians: French Medicine in Colonial India”

Remembering Satish Dhawan and His Legacy

…The United Nations sponsorship of Thumba has assisted greatly in the Range’s service to the international scientific community through the participation of a large number of scientists from various countries for carrying out rocket experiments… Satish Dhawan, 1976 Satish Dhawan, known for his leadership in the Indian Space Program, was an outstanding technologist who gaveContinue reading “Remembering Satish Dhawan and His Legacy”

Its Elementary My Friend: Gnana Gandhi Reminisces His Training at Vernon

“What I found different in their (French scientists) approach to any problem that they would start solving it from the fundamental level. Say they have to understand the heat loss in a system, I saw them writing fundamental differential equations and build the model from there. This was very interesting for me, and it hasContinue reading “Its Elementary My Friend: Gnana Gandhi Reminisces His Training at Vernon”

France & India in Space: 21st Century Alliance (Virtual Exhibition)

France and India have been working closely in Space for more than five decades. This virtual exhibition elucidates modern alliances between CNES and ISRO. These panels were first exhibited during a historical exhibition on CNES & ISRO at WINGS-India 2020 in Hyderabad.

VIKING Engine Correspondence: Virtual Archival Exhibition

Satish Dhawan, the finest modern technologist of India took charge of the Space Program in 1972 and held that position until 1984. Dhawan years of ISRO truly internationalized the program. In these years he was able to inspire several indigenous advancements in space technology and ISRO was able to create milestones under his leadership. ThisContinue reading “VIKING Engine Correspondence: Virtual Archival Exhibition”

APPLE of India

APPLE on a Bullock Cart. This image has become a symbol of Indian innovative thinking. The story behind this is that APPLE was to be tested for Telemetry, Tracking, and Command link. It required an antenna test to be conducted in an open field. Since the instruments were very sensitive, they required a non-magnetic environment. Doing the test outside India would have cost them time and money. The solution was thus found in five hours and an Ox cart was hired for 150 rupees, and tests were conducted without further delay.