JRD Tata not only founded Air India but also contributed in making nation Nuclear Power along with Homi Jehangir Bhabha

Had JRD Tata not intervened, perhaps Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha would have gone abroad too. Had this been the case, it would have taken many more decades for India to become a nuclear power.

India is counted among those selected countries, which have nuclear power. The great scientist Homi Jehangir Bhabha has a special contribution in getting this achievement for the country. Although very few people would know that JRD Tata, who gave Air India to the country, also has a special role in this achievement.

In meeting with JRD, Dr Bhabha complained about the lack of research institutes

This was before the independence of India. Homi Jehangir Bhabha and JRD Tata met in May 1945. Dr Bhabha had just started his career as an engineer then. He was saddened by the lack of research facilities in India. Dr. Bhabha complained about this in his meeting with JRD. Since then the whole world was battling the second world war, due to this Dr. Bhabha was not able to go abroad to pursue research.

TIFR came out from the meeting of JRD and Dr Bhabha

This meeting made the country one of the premier research institutes. JRD Tata suggested Dr Bhabha to meet Sir Sorab D Sakaltwala, Chairman, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and propose a research institute. JRD promised to support the research institute’s proposal before the trust.

Bhabha was the director of TIFR for life

Dr Bhabha then wrote a letter to the trust, seeking financial help to build a physics research institute of the best institutions in the world. JRD Tata supported Dr. Bhabha’s proposal. The result was that the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust approved the proposal. The amount demanded by Dr Bhabha was immediately made available to him by the trust. This is how an institute named Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) came into existence. Dr Bhabha was made its director. He remained the director of this institute until his untimely death in a plane crash in 1966.

Had JRD Tata not been there, Dr. Bhabha would have gone abroad

A Tata group blog quoted MGK Menon, who became the director of TIFR after Dr Bhabha, wrote, “If JRD Tata had not helped, today history would have been different. Then perhaps Homi Jehangir Bhabha would have gone abroad. An institution like TIFR cannot be built.

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TIFR gave the first digital computer to the country

Let us tell you that TIFR has contributed a lot to India’s scientific method. With its establishment, the Cosmic Ray Unit of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, was merged with it. In 1957, this institute gave India the first digital computer. The institute has also contributed in the detection of the farthest radio galaxies. All the early research and experiments of nuclear science in India were done in this institute.