27 May 2010


In commemoration of 165 years of Indian Arrival, the Heritage Library Division, NALIS launched an exhibition and conducted a Heritage Tour through the streets of Chaguanas in recognition of the works and achievements of Dr Rudranath Capildeo, mathematician, politician and national hero who died on May 12, 1970.

On May 27, students, teachers and staff of NALIS gathered at the Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas where the Heritage Tour began.   They continued along the Chaguanas Main Road to Lion House where Dr Capildeo grew up. The tour ended at the Chaguanas Public Library, Centre Pointe Mall. There was music and discourse along the way highlighting the contributions of Dr Capildeo.

The exhibition, launched on May 12 at National Library, was researched by Louis B Homer (journalist and researcher). It featured the life of Dr Rudranath Capildeo who was born in 1920. He was educated at Queen’s Royal College in Port-of-Spain where he won an island scholarship in 1938. Dr Capildeo attended the University of London where he obtained a BSc in Mathematics and Physics, a MSc in Mathematics in 1945 and also his PhD in Mathematical Physics in 1948. This distinguished gentleman was the Leader of the Democratic Labour Party from 1960-1969 and the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament from 1961-1963. In 1969 he was awarded the Trinity Cross.

For more information please contact the the Heritage Library Division at 624-4466 ext 2207.