While reading the book ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson’, I noted the names of many people who have contributed to science and many strides it made over the years. The important aspect that struck me was the fact that we have associated people with many discoveries and methods that had been worked upon or discovered earlier by someone else, but were not made public. Many of these people are the unsung heroes of science.

For that matter, for each and every big event, there will be many unsung heroes. For example, we remember only Gandhiji for his contribution to India’s freedom struggle and other leaders like Bal Gangadhar Tilak and others. But we forget many others who contributed to make the event happen.

In the case of soldiers, we honour the ‘unnamed’ soldier using the ‘eternal flame’ at India Gate. Similarly, we also need to remember that many unsung heroes make a movement happen.

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