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List of notable or famous scientists from India, with bios and photos, including the top scientists born in India and even some popular scientists who immigrated to India. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian scientists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These scientists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known scientist from India is included when available.

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A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 86 Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, ...more

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Abhas Mitra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 62 Abhas Mitra is an Indian astrophysicist best known for his distinct views on several front-line astrophysics concepts, particularly black holes and Big Bang Cosmology. His research has received ...more

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Amar Gupta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 65 Amar Gupta is a computer scientist, originally from India and now based in the USA.

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Amartya Sen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 84 Amartya Kumar Sen is a Bangladeshi-born Indian economist and philosopher, who since 1972 has taught and worked in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has made contributions to welfare ...more

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Anil Bhardwaj is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Anil Bhardwaj age 50 Anil Bhardwaj is the Director of the Space Physics Laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO, Trivandrum, India. He is the recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 2007, and was ...more

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Anil Kakodkar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 74 Anil Kakodkar is an Indian nuclear scientist and mechanical engineer. He was the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India and the Secretary to the Government of India, he was the ...more

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Anindya Sinha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Anindya Sinha is an Indian primatologist. He is a professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, India.

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Ashoka Jahnavi-Prasad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Ashoka Jahnavi-Prasad

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Birbal Sahni is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 58 (1891-1949) Birbal Sahni FRS was an Indian paleobotanist who studied the fossils of the Indian subcontinent, was also a geologist who took an interest in archaeology. He founded the Birbal Sahni Institute ...more

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C. V. Raman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 82 (1888-1970) Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, FRS was an Indian physicist, born in the former Madras Province, whose ground breaking work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for ...more

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Debabrata Goswami is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Scientists from India

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Chandrakant T. Patel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Chandrakant T. Patel Died at 73 (1917-1990) Chandrakant T. Patel was a cotton scientist who developed the world's first ever commercial cotton hybrid, known as Hybrid-4, in 1970, which was later cultivated commercially in the states of ...more

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Ram Chet Chaudhary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Ram Chet Chaudhary age 73 Ram Chet Chaudhary is an Indian agricultural scientist. Born and educated in India, he taught in various agricultural universities in India and went on to study in Germany. His works on ...more

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E. C. George Sudarshan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 86 Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan is an Indian theoretical physicist and a professor at the University of Texas. Sudarshan has been credited with numerous contributions to the field of ...more

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G. Madhavan Nair is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 74 G. Madhavan Nair is the former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation and Secretary to the Department of Space, Government of India since September 2003 and was also the Chairman, Space ...more

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G. V. Loganathan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 53 (1954-2007) Gobichettipalayam Vasudevan "G. V." Loganathan was an Indian-born American professor, whose most recent position was a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental ...more

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Gauhar Raza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 61 Gauhar Raza is an Indian scientist by profession, and a leading Urdu poet, social activist and documentary film maker working to popularize the understanding of science among general public, ...more

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George Varghese is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 58 George Varghese is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Before joining MSR's lab in Silicon Valley in 2013, he was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California San ...more

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Giri Raj Singh Sirohi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Giri Raj Singh Sirohi Giri Raj Singh Sirohi was the first Indian to set foot on Antarctica. Sirohi is a scientist who carried out research at the South Pole in Antarctica in 1960 for around 100 days in sub-zero ...more

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G. N. Ramachandran is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 79 (1922-2001) Gopalasamudram Narayana Iyer Ramachandran, or G.N. Ramachandran, was an Indian physicist who was known for his work that led to his creation of the Ramachandran plot for understanding peptide ...more

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Gurdev Khush is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Gurdev Khush age 83 Gurdev Singh Khush is an agronomist and geneticist who, along with mentor Henry Beachell, received the 1996 World Food Prize for his achievements in enlarging and improving the global supply of ...more

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Homi J. Bhabha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 57 (1909-1966) Homi Jehangir Bhabha, FRS was an Indian nuclear physicist, founding director, and professor of physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Colloquially known as "father of Indian ...more

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Homi Sethna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 87 (1923-2010) Homi Nusserwanji Sethna PhD was an Indian nuclear scientist and a chemical engineer, gaining international fame as the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission during the time when the first ...more

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Jagadish Chandra Bose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 79 (1858-1937) Jagadish Chandra Bose, CSI, CIE, FRS was a Bengali polymath, physicist, biologist, botanist, archaeologist, as well as an early writer of science fiction. He pioneered the investigation of radio ...more

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Jiten Bhatt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Jiten Bhatt

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Jyeṣṭhadeva is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 75 (1500-1575) Jyeṣṭhadeva was an astronomer-mathematician of the Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics founded by Sangamagrama Madhava. He is best known as the author of Yuktibhāṣā, a commentary in ...more

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Kariamanickam Srinivasa Krishn... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 63 (1898-1961) Padma Bhushan Sir Kariamanickam Srinivasa Krishnan, FRS, was an Indian physicist. He was a co-discoverer of Raman scattering, for which his mentor C. V. Raman was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in ...more

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Krishan Kant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 75 (1927-2002) Krishan Kant was the tenth Vice President of India from 1997 until his death. Son of noted Congress politician and later parliamentarian, Lala Achint Ram, Kant's first brush with politics came ...more

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Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 77 Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan is an Indian space scientist who headed the Indian Space Research Organization from 1994 to 2003. He was a Member in the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. He ...more

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L. Aravind is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Scientists from India

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Lalji Singh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Lalji Singh age 70 Lalji Singh is an Indian scientist who has worked in the field of DNA fingerprinting technology in India, where he is popularly known as the "Father of DNA fingerprinting". Singh has ...more

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Lov Grover is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 57 Lov Kumar Grover is an Indian-American computer scientist. He is the originator of the Grover database search algorithm used in quantum computing.

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M. G. K. Menon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Scientists from India
M. G. K. Menon age 89 Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon, FRS, also known as M. G. K. Menon, is a physicist and policy maker from India. He has had a prominent role in the development of science and technology in ...more

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M. S. Swaminathan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 92 Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan is an Indian geneticist and international administrator, renowned for his leading role in India's "Green Revolution," a program under which high-yield ...more

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Madhu Sudan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 51 Madhu Sudan is an Indian-American computer scientist. He was professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of MIT Computer Science and Artificial ...more

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Mahadeva Subramania Mani is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Mahadeva Subramania Mani Died at 95 (1908-2003) Mahadeva Subramania Mani was an Indian entomologist especially famous for his studies on high altitude entomology.

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M. R. S. Rao is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Scientists from India
M. R. S. Rao age 70 Manchanahalli Rangaswamy Satyanarayana Rao known by the abbreviation M. R. S. Rao, is an Indian scientist, born on 21 January 1948 at Mysore, India. He has been awarded Padma Shri in Science and ...more

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Mylswamy Annadurai is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Mylswamy Annadurai age 59 Mylswamy Annadurai is a scientist with the Indian Space Research Organization and currently serves as Director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore. Prior to that he was working as Programme ...more

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Narasimhaiengar Mukunda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Narasimhaiengar Mukunda is a prominent Indian theoretical physicist. He works as a senior professor at Centre for High Energy Physics, IISc, Bangalore. He is also an honorary professor at ...more

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Narendra Karmarkar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 61 Narendra Krishna Karmarkar is an Indian mathematician, who developed Karmarkar's algorithm. He is listed as an ISI highly cited researcher.

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Nariman Mehta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Nariman Mehta age 97 Nariman Bomanshaw Mehta was an Indian-born American organic chemist and pharmacologist who designed, synthesized, and patented the organic compound Bupropion, marketed under the name Wellbutrin ...more

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Narinder Singh Kapany is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 91 Narinder Singh Kapany FREng born 31 October 1926 in Moga, Punjab, India, is an Indian-born American physicist known for his work in fibre optics. He was named as one of the seven 'Unsung Heroes' ...more

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Nirmal Kumar Ganguly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Nirmal Kumar Ganguly age 77 Nirmal Kumar Ganguly is an Indian microbiologist specialising in tropical diseases, cardiovascular diseases and diarrhea.

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Obaid Siddiqi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Obaid Siddiqi Died at 81 (1932-2013) Obaid Siddiqi FRS was a National Research Professor and the Founder-Director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research National Center for Biological Sciences. His work includes research on ...more

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P. Balaram is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Scientists from India
P. Balaram Padmanabhan Balaram is an Indian biochemist and a former director of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India.

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Piara Singh Gill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 91 (1911-2002) Piara Singh Gill was an Indian nuclear physicist who was a pioneer in cosmic ray nuclear physics and worked on the American Manhattan project. He was the first Director of Central Scientific ...more

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Pisharoth Rama Pisharoty is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Pisharoth Rama Pisharoty Died at 93 (1909-2002) Pisharoth Rama Pisharoty was an Indian physicist and meteorologist, and is considered to be the father of remote sensing in India.

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Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Scientists from India
Died at 79 (1893-1972) Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis FRS was an Indian scientist and applied statistician. He is best remembered for the Mahalanobis distance, a statistical measure. He made pioneering studies in ...more

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Pulickel Ajayan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 55 Pulickel Madhavapanicker Ajayan, known as P. M. Ajayan, is the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering at Rice University. He is the founding chair of Rice University's ...more

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Raghunath Anant Mashelkar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Scientists from India
age 75 Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, also known as Ramesh Mashelkar. FRS, FREng, FIChemE is an Indian chemical engineer and a former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research ...more