The Life of Science in India: A Comparative Ethnography of Two Research Institutions

Anderson, Robert S.

     This dissertation is about the collective life of institutions and their members. It is about their founders, and about how their institutions grow through a vigorous, almost heroic, period which imposes certain patterns on the group of followers and colleagues of the founder. The focus is on two institutes (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay) and their founders (Meghnad Saha and Homi Bhabha). It has two main parts, one which focuses on the government and administration of the institutes, the other on the research and scientific life. Space is also devoted to each institution's relations to the wider scientific community, both in India and internationally.

Milton B. Singer (chair), Edward Shils, David M. Schneider