Born in Dehradun, he is an Indian businessman and retired professional shooter who is a World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle event. By winning the gold in the 10 m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games.
He is also the first and only Indian to have held both the World and Olympic titles at the same time, a feat he accomplished by capturing the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, after having won the gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships.
Born in Patiala, he is the only Indian citizen to travel in space! He is a former Indian Air Force pilot who flew aboard Soyuz T-11 as part of the Intercosmos programme launched on April 2, 1984. Sharma spent a total of 7 days 21 hours and 40 minutes aboard the Salyut 7 on which the Soyuz T-11 had docked. His work was mainly in the fields of bio-medicine and remote sensing. When Indira Gandhi asked Sharma how India looked from outer space, he replied “Saare Jahan Se Achcha!” (the best in the world!). He was conferred with the honor of the ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’ upon his return from space. The Republic of India conferred its highest peacetime gallantry award, the Ashoka Chakra, on him.
Shah Rukh Khan
Born in New Delhi, he is popularly known as SRK or King Khan for appearing in more than 80 Bollywood films and earning numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. Khan’s philanthropic endeavors have provided health care and disaster relief, and he was honored with UNESCO’s Pyramide con Marni award in 2011 for his support of children’s education and World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award in 2018 for his leadership in championing women’s and children’s rights in India. 2008’s Newsweek branded him as one of the most 50 influential people of the world.
Born in Palanpur, he is a computer scientist and inventor who is famous inventing SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. He researchs on wearable computing, augmented reality (AI), ubiquitous computing, gestural interaction (GI), machine vision, machine learning and collective intelligence within robotics. He is currently director of research at Samsung Research America where he launched Samsung’s first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, in 2013.
He also heads the Think Tank Team which is an interdisciplinary group of researchers that hunts for new ways to mix digital informational with real-world interactions. The World Economic Forum had honored Mistry as a ‘Young Global Leader’ in 2013.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Born in Ranchi, he is an Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian team in all three cricketing formats. He led India to unprecedented international success by winning the World Cup, Champions Trophy, World Twenty20 and also achieving the status of no. 1 Test team for India.
Born in Erode, he was a mathematician known for developing highly original and insightful theorems in number theory, infinite series and continued fractions, which were proved by mathematicians many years after his death. His notable contributions are the Landau–Ramanujan constant, Mock theta functions, Ramanujan conjecture, Ramanujan prime, Ramanujan–Soldner constant, Ramanujan theta function, Ramanujan’s sum, Rogers–Ramanujan identities, Ramanujan’s master theorem, etc.
Ali Akbar Khan
Born in Comilla (East Bengal) he is a Sarod virtuoso who popularized Indian classical music in the West. He was accorded India’s second-highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan, in 1989 and was also nominated five times for the Grammy Award. He is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts’s National Heritage Fellowship.
Born in Vidisha, MP, he is an Indian children’s rights activist. He is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan. Satyarthi was among Fortune magazine’s ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’ in 2015 and was also featured in LinkedIn’s Power Profiles List in 2017. He has won various awards like The Aachener International Peace Prize, Germany (1994), The Trumpeter Award (1995), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award (1995), Harvard Humanitarian Award (2015), etc.
Pandit Ravi Shankar
Born in Benaras, he was a sitar virtuoso and composer par excellence. He played all around the world and helped to popularize Indian classical music in the West. He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Bharat Ratna, Ramon Magsaysay Award, Five Grammy Awards, and was also nominated for an Academy Award. He has also won numerous other accolades in India and the world.
Satyendra Nath Bose
Born in Kolkata, he was a physicist who worked on quantum mechanics and famous for his collaborations with Albert Einstein. His notable works include the Bose-Einstein condensate, Bose-Einstein statistics, Bose-Einstein distribution, Bose-Einstein correlations, Bose gas, Boson, Ideal Bose Equation of State, Photon gas, etc. A Fellow of the Royal Society, he was awarded India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan in 1954 by the Government of India.
The Higgs-Boson particle (also known as God particle) successfully created in the CERN lab is named after him. A similar particle was discovered at CERN on 4 July 2012, with a mass between 125 and 127 GeV/c2 which closely resembles the God particle, was later confirmed to be the Higgs-Boson in 2013. This makes the particle the first ever elementary scalar particle to be discovered in nature.
Born in Allahabad, he is considered as the greatest field hockey player of all time. He won three Olympic gold medals with India ’28, ’32 and ’36 when India was a dominant force in field hockey.