R.P. Noronha

in Hyderabad, India
May 16, 1916

November 23, 1982



Ronald Carlton Vivian Piedade Noronha - R P Noronha as he normally called himself and Ron to his friends, was born on May 14, 1916 in Hyderabad. His father was a railway engineer and mother a doctor. Being the only son , he was never sent to a regular school until he joined the Inter College in Vishakhapatnam. He passed his intermediate science at the young age of 14.
He did his BA(Hon) from Loyala College Madras and went on to study at the London School of Economics , finally doing his B.Sc (Hon) in Economics from the London University.
He lost his father when he was only 15 years of age. His early life was greatly influenced by his strong willed mother. Another strong influence on him in his formative years was that of his god mother, Saroj

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“I got into the ICS in a pleasantly casual fashion. When I went to England my mother had impressed on me the need to appear for the competitive examinations which I had no intention of doing . (my heart was set on a carrier as a photo journalist). After I had refrained from taking my first shot at the exam , my mother lost patience - and also perhaps some of her abounding faith in an only child and sent me all the forms duly filled up for the ICS. She also indicated delicately that if I did not appear, my allowance would die a sudden death. I appeared; much to my surprise, I got in. Even more to my surprise I topped the list of Indian candidates, and ever since then I have had no faith in competitive examination”
R. P. Noronha, A Tale Told By An Idiot

“Look here, my boy, if you have average intelligence, about half the things you do are bound to be right, which is a fair achievement for any career. Don't spend sleepless nights over them.”
R. P. Noronha, A Tale Told By An Idiot

“It [the Quit India Resolution] was very far from being the Gita, but like Gita it suffered from flood of explanations, commentaries, and interpretations.”
R. P. Noronha, A Tale Told By An Idiot