Vijaya Shankar Varma, National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Science, Ambedkar University Delhi. He is working on a translation and commentary on the 9th c. manuscript in the collection of the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna titled “Treatise on the Sun’s Rays” by the Arab philosopher-scientist Abu Yusuf Yaqub ibn Ishaq al-Kindi.
Nirmal Sengupta (b. 1946), National Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.M. Stat., Ph. D., Indian Statistical Institute; former Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies; Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai; Some other past engagements: Consultant, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Chairperson, Working Group on Flood Management for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan; Expert, Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation; Consultant UNDP; FAO; World Commission on Dams.