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Goans in Science and Technology

This is a list of famous and notable people from Goa, India. This list includes Goans and persons of Goan origin who are known to a large number of people, and not based on the extent of their popularity. Neither is the list viewed from the context of the present. Their fame could be brief; what matters is that they were well known during the peak of their popularity.





  • Bernardo Peres da Silva, of Neurá; appointed Prefect of Estado da Índia Portuguesa in 1835, the only Goan to hold a post equivalent to a Governor-General

Indologists & Archeologists

Lawyers & Judges

  • Luís da Cunha Gonçalves (1875-1956), wrote as many as 14 volumes on his studies of civil law[6]
  • Fitz R S de Souza, barrister-at-law and PhD from London; important figure in African politics; participated in Kenya's struggle for freedom


  • Loretto Pereira, Air Marshal[7]
  • Terence Joseph de Sa, Air Marshal[8]
  • Antonio Caetano da Silva, Major General Indian Army[9]
  • Francis Dias, Lt. General Indian Army
  • Eric Alexander Vas, Lt. General Indian Army [10]
  • S. L. Menezes, Lt. General Indian Army[11]
  • General Sunith Francis Rodrigues, former Chief of Army Staff & former Governor of Punjab
  • John C. de Silva, Vice Admiral of Indian Navy[12]




Professors & Educationists

Religious leaders


  • Garcia de Orta (1523-1580), physician, druggist, and botanist; wrote and published the first major book on Indian drugs and remedies; a Portuguese/Spanish Jew who lived some time in Goa
  • Froilano de Mello, Indo-Portuguese microbiologist, medical scientist, professor, author and independent MP in the Portuguese parliament
  • Raghunath Mashelkar, eminent scientist and head of the prestigious Council of Scientific and Industrial Research


  • Seraphino Antao, represented Kenya in sprinting in the Common wealth Games during the 1950s and early 60s; won two gold medals
  • Swapnil Asnodkar, opening batsman for Goa and Rajasthan Royals; played a key role help his team win the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League
  • Bruno Coutinho, Indian footballer and Arjuna award
  • Antao D'Souza, represented Pakistan cricket team in Tests in the 1950s and early 60s
  • Brahmanand Sankhwalkar, soccer player and former Goa captain; one of Goa's best goalkeepers; Arjuna award for his achievements in sports
  • Dilip Sardesai, former cricketer

Writers, Editors & Journalists

  • Maria Aurora Couto, writer, academic and literary critic with books including Graham Greene: On the Frontier, Politics and Religion in the Novels, and Goa: A Daughter's Story
  • Orlando da Costa (1929-2006), Communist Portuguese poet and writer of Goan descent, born in the capital of the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique, Maputo
  • Sebastião Rodolfo Dalgado (1855-1922), of Assagao, linguist; knew Malayalam, Sinhala, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, and Sanskrit; in 1892, he produced a Konkani-Portuguese dictionary and later a grammar
  • Armand de Souza (1877-1922), founding editor of the Morning Leader in Ceylon; early freedom fighter; gaoled by the British colonial government for advocating democracy, but was released following public protests; author of Hundred days in Ceylon under martial law in 1915;[15] father of Senator Doric de Souza (Professor of English) and the late editor of the Times of Ceylon, Tory de Souza
  • Manohar Rai Sardesai, Konkani and French novelist and poet
  • Teotonio R. de Souza, historian, founder-director of Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Goa (1979-1994); Fellow of the Portuguese Academy of History; author of Medieval Goa (1979), Goa to Me (1994), Goa outgrowing postcolonialism (2014) and several other publications on Goan history and culture
  • Francisco Luís Gomes (1829-1869), Indo-Portuguese physician, politician, writer, historian, and economist
  • Ravindra Kelekar (born 1925), freedom fighter, writer and revivalist of the Konkani language
  • Chandrakant Keni, retired editor of Marathi daily Rashtramat and Konkani daily Sunaparant; former freelance journalist; was associated with the development of Konkani language; won Sahitya Academy Award for his book Ashadh Pawali
  • Lambert Mascarenhas, author of the classic novel Sorrowing Lies My Land (1955), which was reprinted thrice and has been translated into Marathi, Telugu and Konkani; editor of the Goan Tribune; founder editor of Goa Today, former editor of The Navhind Times; won the State Cultural award
  • Dom Moraes (born 1938), won the American Press Club Citation for Excellence in Reporting, for some 20 articles he wrote for the New York Times Sunday Magazine; poet; died earlier this decade
  • Frank Moraes, editor of many prominent newspapers in post-independence India, including The Indian Express
  • B. D. Satoskar, author, ex-editor of Gomantak daily
  • Frank Simoes, passionate Goan advertising person; author of Glad Season in Goa
  • Ivo de Figueiredo (born 1966) is a Norwegian historian, biographer and critic of Goan origin.
  • Olivinho Gomes (1943-2009), (b.St Estevam, Goa, 1943--30 July 2009) was an eminent Konkani scholar and former acting vice chancellor of the Goa


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  2. ^ J. Clement Vaz, "Profiles of Eminent Goans Past and Present", Concept Publishing Company, 1997, ISBN 9788170226192
  3. ^ "Victor J. Menezes: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Chatterjee, Sudeshna (31 August 2003). "Family Matters". The Times of India.
  5. ^ Vaz, J. Clement (1997). Profiles of eminent Goans, past and present. Concept Publishing Company. p. 118. ISBN 81-7022-619-8.
  6. ^ Martin, John Duncan (1978). Essays in Classical and Modern Hindu Law: Consequences of the intellectual exchange with the foreign powers. BRILL. p. 472. ISBN 90-04-04808-1.
  7. ^ "Home | Notable Indian Christians: Christianity in India". Home | Notable Indian Christians: Christianity in India. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Bharat Rakshak". Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Vaz, J. Clement (1997). Profiles of Eminent Goans, Past and Present. Concept Publishing Company. ISBN 9788170226192.
  10. ^ "'He was a man of conviction' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Vaz, J. Clement (1997). Profiles of Eminent Goans, Past and Present. Concept Publishing Company. ISBN 9788170226192.
  12. ^ "The Hindu : A dashing display of Indian Navy's might". www.thehindu.com. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Manohar Parrikar appointed as new Goa Chief Minister". The Economic Times. 2017-03-13. Retrieved .
  14. ^ Past speakers of Goa Archived 24 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
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