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”