Someone asked Kalam why India needed intercontinental missiles. “You want to know why? My answer is very simple. Because strength respects strength!”
By joining National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Jha’s career acquired the right direction and focus at the most opportune moment – he would go on to become a truly successful, and much decorated, aerospace scientist.
He was a raconteur extraordinaire, a gifted writer and always charming, witty and adorable.
My 2002 tribute to an eminent food scientist who became a sort of friend.
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.
I don’t know of a better teacher of probability than D Basu, which is not such a surprise. But what is more worrying is that I don’t know of any good teachers of probability, apart from the few at ISI, IISc and elsewhere. I am almost certain that our high school or undergraduate students have never met a good probability teacher.
Damania brought to NAL a work ethic model of passionate commitment, deep involvement and great energy and urgency.
One of Somashekar’s great strengths was his ability to mentor his best scientists and leave them free to get on with their work – while he managed those irksome purchase files, those awkward audit queries, and those recalcitrant section officers.