Homi Jehangir Bhabha was born in Bombay on October 30, 1909 to Jehangir and Meherbai Bhabha. Jehangir Bhabha had grown up in Bangalore and was educated at Oxford. After receiving his training as a lawyer in England, Jehangir started working in Mysore where he joined the judicial service of the state. He married Meherbai, daughter of Bhikaji Framji Pandey and granddaughter of the renowned philanthropist, Dinshaw Petit of Bombay. After marriage, the couple moved to Bombay, the first commercial city of British India where young Bhabha spent his childhood.
Homi’s paternal aunt, also Meherbai, was married to Dorab Tata, the elder son of the pioneer of Indian industry, Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata. Here, at the Tatas’ ancestral home, the commercial world of his industrialist uncle revealed itself to the young Homi. But he also observed the deep bonds that the Tatas had forged with institutions of learning notably the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, of which, Sir Dorab had taken charge of, following the death of Jamsetji Tata.
Homi had his schooling at the Cathedral and John Connon School, Bombay, which, he would observe years later, did much to foster his love for science.