Dr. H. Narasimhaiah (1920-2005) was a physicist, eminent educator, Gandhian freedom fighter and rationalist from Bangalore, popularly known as HN. He taught from 1946 till 1957 when he proceeded to Columbus, Ohio to get his PhD degree in nuclear physics from Ohio State University (1960). During 1961-72 he led National College, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, as its principal. during 1967-68, as a Fullbright Scholar, Dr. Narasimhaiah taught as a Visiting Professor at Southern Illinois University. In l962, he founded the Bangalore Science Forum, which conducts a weekly series of public lectures on science topics.
As the Vice-Chancellor of the Bangalore University from 1973-77, he introduced psychology, social work, drama, music and dance as subjects. He went on to serve the State Legislative Assembly; and in 1984, received the Padma Bhushan from the Indian Government. He challenged Sathya Sai Baba to demonstrate a miracle so it could be scientifically examined, but Sai Baba refused the challenge. At the time of his death in January 31, 2005, Dr. Narasimhaiah was the President of the National Education Society.
“Humanism feels that it is better to be a mortal free man than an immortal slave. Humanism examines everything not in the darkness of fear but in the light of reason.”
(Dr. H. Narasimhaiah, from the Modern Rationalist‘s article “Science, scientific temper and humanism”)
See: Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya (or Satya) Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization