P. T. Bhaskara Panicker
Sri. P.T. Bhaskara Panicker (1922–1997) was a famous social activist and writer of Kerala, India. He was born on 15 October, 1922 in Adakkaputhur in Palakkad district to Sri. K.M.V.Namppoothiri and Smt. Kavukkuttyamma. After passing BSc and BT, he worked as a school teacher for two years. Panicker was one of the leaders of the science popularisation movement- the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad- in the 1960s and 1970s. He was the founder editor of journals such as Sasthra Keralam (Science Journal for Children), Primary Teacher (Journal for School Teachers), and Pusthaka Sameeksha, (പുസ്തക സമീക്ഷ) (Journal for Book Review). He was also the editor of encyclopedias like Jeevacharithrakosam (ജീവചരിത്രകോശം) for children, Science Encyclopedia for children, Balavijnanakosam (ബാല വിജ്ഞാന കോശം), SasthraVijnanakosam (ശാസ്ത്ര വിജ്ഞാന കോശം), Dravida Vijnanakosam (ദ്രാവിഡ വിജ്ഞാന കോശം). He published more than 100 books, mostly scientific and educational. He died on 30 December, 1997.