List of people from Goa

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This is a list of famous and notable people from Goa, India. This list aims to include persons who are known to a large number of people, and is not based on the extent of their popularity. Neither is the list viewed from the context of the present. Their fame could be brief; what matters is that they were well known during the peak of their popularity.

Sports personalities[edit]

Main article: Goans in sports
  • Seraphino Antao, represented Kenya in sprinting in the Commonwealth Games during the 1950s and early 60s; won two gold medals
  • Swapnil Asnodkar, opening batsman for Goa and Rajasthan Royals; played a key role in helping his team win the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League
  • Bruno Coutinho, Indian footballer and Arjuna awardee
  • Antao D'Souza, represented Pakistan cricket team in Tests in the 1950s and early 60s
  • Brahmanand Sankhwalkar, soccer player and former Goa captain; one of Goa's best goalkeepers; Arjuna awardee for his achievements in sports
  • Dilip Sardesai, former cricketer



Indologists and archeologists[edit]

Political campaigners[edit]

Judges and lawyers[edit]

Professors and educationists[edit]

  • Rui de Figueiredo, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
  • J. Anthony Gomes, MD, FACC, FAHA, Professor of Medicine (cardiology), the Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Icahn School of Medicine, New York, US
  • Armando Menezes, Head of the Department of English St Xavier's College Bombay; Principal of Karnataka College Dharwad; Under-Secretary Education, Government of Maharashtra
  • Yasmin Modassir (expired in October 2016), Zoologist, Principal Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Goa



  • Garcia de Orta (1523–1580), physician, druggist, and botanist; wrote and published the first major book on Indian drugs and remedies; a Portuguese/Spanish Jew who lived some time in Goa
  • Froilano de Mello, Indo-Portuguese microbiologist, medical scientist, professor, author and independent MP in the Portuguese parliament
  • Raghunath Mashelkar, eminent scientist and head of the prestigious Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

Religious leaders[edit]

Writers, editors, journalists[edit]

  • Maria Aurora Couto, writer, academic and literary critic with books including Graham Greene: On the Frontier, Politics and Religion in the Novels, and Goa: A Daughter's Story
  • Orlando da Costa (1929–2006), Communist Portuguese poet and writer of Goan descent, born in the capital of the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique, Maputo
  • Sebastião Rodolfo Dalgado (1855–1922), of Assagao, linguist; knew Malayalam, Sinhala, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, and Sanskrit; in 1892, he produced a Konkani-Portuguese dictionary and later a grammar
  • Armand de Souza (1877–1922), founding editor of the Morning Leader in Ceylon; early freedom fighter; gaoled by the British colonial government for advocating democracy, but was released following public protests; author of Hundred days in Ceylon under martial law in 1915;[7] father of Senator Doric de Souza (Professor of English) and the late editor of the Times of Ceylon, Tory de Souza
  • George Menezes, satirist known for his "middles" in newspapers and magazines, and author of books.
  • Teotonio R. de Souza, historian, founder-director of Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Goa (1979–1994); Fellow of the Portuguese Academy of History; author of Medieval Goa (1979), Goa to Me (1994), Goa outgrowing postcolonialism (2014) and several other publications on Goan history and culture
  • Francisco Luís Gomes (1829–1869), Indo-Portuguese physician, politician, writer, historian, and economist
  • Ravindra Kelekar (born 1925), freedom fighter, writer and revivalist of the Konkani language
  • Chandrakant Keni, retired editor of Marathi daily Rashtramat and Konkani daily Sunaparant; former freelance journalist; was associated with the development of Konkani language; won Sahitya Academy Award for his book Ashadh Pawali
  • Lambert Mascarenhas, author of the classic novel Sorrowing Lies My Land (1955), which was reprinted thrice and has been translated into Marathi, Telugu and Konkani; editor of the Goan Tribune; founder editor of Goa Today, former editor of The Navhind Times; won the State Cultural award
  • Dom Moraes (born 1938), won the American Press Club Citation for Excellence in Reporting, for some 20 articles he wrote for the New York Times Sunday Magazine; poet; died earlier this decade
  • Frank Moraes, editor of many prominent newspapers in post-independence India, including The Indian Express
  • B. D. Satoskar, author, ex-editor of Gomantak daily
  • Frank Simoes, passionate Goan advertising person; author of Glad Season in Goa


  • Bernardo Peres da Silva, of Neurá; appointed Prefect of Estado da Índia Portuguesa in 1835, the only Goan to hold a post equivalent to a Governor-General


  1. ^ Chatterjee, Sudeshna (Aug 31, 2003). "Family Matters". The Times of India. 
  2. ^ Vaz, J. Clement (1997). Profiles of eminent Goans, past and present. Concept Publishing Company. p. 118. ISBN 81-7022-619-8. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Past speakers of Goa
  5. ^ Martin, John Duncan (1978). Essays in Classical and Modern Hindu Law: Consequences of the intellectual exchange with the foreign powers. BRILL. p. 472. ISBN 90-04-04808-1. 
  6. ^ J. Clement Vaz, "Profiles of Eminent Goans Past and Present", Concept Publishing Company, 1997, ISBN 9788170226192
  7. ^ [2]

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