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Prof. Richard Ernst - The 1991 Nobel Prize Chemistry Winner, A Tribute.

Prof. Richard Ernst - The 1991 Nobel Prize Chemistry Winner and the man who delivered lecture at NSC Mumbai in 2013, Deceased, on 4th June, 2021 - A Tribute. Images - Courtesy Nehru Science Centre and Suhas Naik Satum.  Within two months of my assuming the charge of the Director, Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai (13th February,2013) I had the honour and privilege to host two high profile lectures by two extraordinary people - Sunita Williams, Indian American, NASA Astronaut (4th April 2013) and Dr Richard Ernst (24th April, 2013) the 1991 Nobel Prize winning scientist in Chemistry, who singularly was awarded the coveted Prize “for his contributions to the development of the methodology of high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy."    Dr Ernst’s contribution laid the foundation for the evolution of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a noble medical diagnostic tool, which precisely and non invasively depicts and produces the images of tissue and organs in the body. T
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Buddha Purnima, Super Moon, Lunar Eclipse and a Blood Red Moon - 26th May 2021, View from Mumbai.

  Buddha Purnima, Super Moon, Lunar Eclipse     and a Blood Red Moon - 26th May 2021, View from Mumbai.   Today - 26th May, 2021, is an auspicious occasion for all of us, since it happens to be the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Gautam Buddha.  I take this opportunity to wish all my friends a very happy Buddha Purnima. This auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima, as the very name suggests, falls on ‘Purnima’ or a full moon day and this year this Purnima is quite special. Today besides being a Purnima or a full moon it also happens to be the day when our Earths satellite - the moon, is at its closest distance to the earth and that is why this Purnima is also referred to as the Super Moon. Incidentally in some parts of the globe, we will also witness a total lunar eclipse today and that makes this day even more special, particularly for those sky watchers who will be in the path of the total lunar eclipse, since it will provide an outstanding celestial spectacle to watch and enjoy. Keeping

Prof. Srikumar Banerjee : Scientist and Administrator Par Excellence - A Tribute

  Prof. Srikumar Banerjee : Scientist and Administrator Par Excellence - A Tribute. This morning I woke up to a tragic message that was posted by Dr Jayaraman, Retired Nuclear Scientist BARC, in the National Centre for Science Communicators WhatsApp group. He posted the news of the sudden demise of Dr Sreekumar Banerjee, former Chairman Department of Atomic Energy and Secretary Atomic Energy Commission, Government of India. Dr Banerjee was an outstanding material science scientist and an equally outstanding administrator with an unparalleled simplicity, who headed the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and so also the Department of Atomic Energy. He was a pillar of strength for the NCSC, more particularly because he had majorly supported the Nehru Science Centre and NCSC in organising two recent mega conferences - a conference on recent trends in Nuclear Energy to commemorate the 80th birth anniversary of Dr R Chidambaram and another mega conference - Centenary Tribute conference to the fat

Tribute to Soli Sorabjee - Quintessential Parsee and a Legal Luminary with Diverse interests.

  Tribute to Soli Sorabjee - Quintessential Parsee and a Legal Luminary with Diverse interests. Images : courtesy Wiki and Dr Pheroza Godrej. The Covid 19 infection    has taken away    life of the nonagenarian legal luminary - Padma Vibhushan, Soli Sorabjee, who has left behind a constitutional legal legacy that will be remembered for generations to come. Providentially he died in a private hospital in south Delhi, on Friday, 30th April, the International Day of Jazz, a western music of which, Sorabjee was a great connoisseur. The tragic news of the demise of Soli Sorabjee was soon followed by a series of flowing tributes that came in thick and fast on tweeter and other social media platforms and so also in the main stream media. The Honourable President of India - Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji tweeted ‘In passing of Soli Sorabjee, we lost an icon of India’s legal system. He was among select few who deeply influenced the evolution of the constitutional law and justice system. Awarded with P

Super Pink Moon - 27th April, 2021 : A Celestial Spectacle, a Repeat from Last Year.

  Super Pink Moon - 27th April, 2021 : A Celestial Spectacle, a Repeat from Last Year. The second wave of the Covid 19 pandemic has once again impacted our science centre, which is now closed for the visitors. Last year too we had faced a similar situation in April 2020. But then taking advantage of our stay in the office quarters, we had organised a live Facebook telecast of the Super Pink Moon, which occurred last year on 7th April 2020. One year has passed but unfortunately the Covid situation continues to be quite grim with rapidly increasing numbers adding more than 300,000 numbers each day for the past couple of days. Our Centre is once again closed to the public and we now have another occurrence of the Super Pink Moon, which will appear tomorrow 27th April, 2021. We plan to go live on our Facebook page to telecast the Super Pink moon tomorrow. Therefore four of us - Jhuma, Sheetal,    Rajesh and I tried the test run this evening and I took a couple of photographs from my new Sa