A biography on the life and work of the famous physicist late Dr. K.S. Krishnan authored by D.C.V. Mallik and S. Chatterjee has been brought out by the Universities Press recently (“Karimanikkam Srinivasa Krishnan, His Life and Work” by DCV Mallik and S. Chatterjee, Universities press, 2012, 461 pp.). Dr. K.S. Krishnan (1898-1961) was a close associate of the Nobel Laureate Sir C.V. Raman and was the Founder – Director of the National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi. Dr. Krishnan was closely involved with C.V. Raman in the discovery of Raman-effect and subsequently laid the foundation of scientific research in independent India as a policy maker and administrator.
The authors (both from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore) have undertaken the task of writing on the life and times of K.S. Krishnan out of their abiding interest in the history of science, particularly Indian Science. We have very few biographies of our outstanding scientists and the present book with a wealth of detail and excellent treatment of the subject matter will remain a landmark publication in its genre of science biographies in India.
It is of particular interest to Earth-Scientists to read about the role played by K.S. Krishnan in the early planning of a Central Geophysical Research Institute. Krishnan was a member of the committee (along with K.R. Ramanathan, D.N. Wadia, W.D. West, S.K. Banerjee and Meghnad Saha) set up in 1946 to go into the organizational aspect of research in geophysics. The report of the committee submitted in 1948 recommended the establishment of a Central Geophysical Institute [which became the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) eventually].
The publication is available for reference in the library of the Geological Society of India.
MSR/18 July 2012