AUTHORAnderson, Robert S.
TITLENucleus and Nation: Scientists, International Networks, and Power in India
PUBLISHERUniversity of Chicago Press
CITYChicago, IL
DATE PUBLISHED2010
ISBN978-0-226-01975-8


This lengthy book chronicles the Indian atomic energy program, showing its evolution to be a product of cooperation between the nation’s scientific and political communities. The initial chapters focus on the lives of three scientists, Meghnad Saha, Shanti Bhatnagar, Homi Bhabha, and their political patron, Jawaharlal Nehru during the first half of the twentieth century. Those men were responsible for the development of the large scientific complex that emerged in India after World War II. The remainder of the book discusses the development of that complex through the late 1970s concluding with the successful test of an atomic bomb. The author places the development of nuclear science and technology in the larger context of Indian nationalism and the emergence of India as a nuclear weapons state. The volume includes a chronology of events and biographical notes on principal persons involved.


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