Rudranath Capildeo Exhibition

From Lion House to Legend: The Rudranath Capildeo Story


The Central Bank celebrated the life and career of one of Trinidad and Tobago's most illustrious sons: mathematician, physicist, teacher and politician, Dr. Rudranath Capildeo.

Rudranath Capildeo was born in central Trinidad in 1920 and spent the first half of his life immersed in scholarly pursuits, at which he excelled. His 1952 publication, The Ballistic Theory of Emission of Light, is his most celebrated work, and led to him being dubbed the "Caribbean’s Einstein".

Dr. Capildeo entered Trinidad and Tobago politics in 1959, and was the political leader of the opposition Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at the time of Trinidad’s Independence. As such, he took part in the Marlborough House conference in England which cleared the way for the country's Independence in 1962.  He received the country's highest national award, the Trinity Cross, from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in 1969.  He suffered with poor health and after years of battling with illness, Dr. Capildeo died in London in May,1970 at the age of 50.

Though comparatively short, his life is a shining example to Trinidad and Tobago and the world. Dr. Capildeo was a true patriot. His academic achievements and political convictions can be a source of pride to the people of this country as our nation continues to find and define itself.

It is in this vein that the Central Bank put together the Dr. Rudranath Capildeo Legacy Exhibition. The theme of the exhibition was “From Lion House to Legend” and traced the Capildeo family history from the arrival of Dr. Capildeo’s father, Pundit Capildeo, from India in 1894 to Dr. Capildeo’s intellectual achievements and political career and his untimely death. Dr. Capildeo’s story is one that is not known or remembered by many people in the country of his birth, but his is an incredibly inspiring story and one that we believe is worth sharing with a new generation.

The exhibition ran until June 30th, 2014.



The Central Bank Money Museum
Ground Floor

Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
St. Vincent Street
Port of spain
Tel: (868) 625-4835 ext. 2151 or 2400


Opening times

The Museum is open to the public every week from Tuesday to Friday.  Two tours are usually conducted daily at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm.  However, the Bank is very flexible with respect to scheduling times for tours.  Tour groups are usually limited to 30 persons but special arrangement are made for school groups regarding group size.  Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours.



Admission is free


Please note that from the end of July 2014, the Money Museum will be closed for major renovation.  It will re-open to the public in 2016.


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View of the exhibition from the entrance

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Other sons of Lion House

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Capildeo family jewelry passed down through the generations

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The parents of Dr. Capildeo

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Family portraits

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Composed images of Dr. Capildeo and his family

Replicas of the lions which adorn the front of the

Lion House

Published work of Dr. Capildeo