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; an Arjuna awardee for his achievements in sports
  • Dilip Sardesai, former cricketer


Freedom fighters[edit]

  • Mohan Ranade, an Indian freedom fighter who actively participated in the Goa liberation movement. He was arrested by Portuguese police in 1955. Later he was incarcerated at the Fort of Cassias near Lisbon in Portugal. He was kept in the solitary confinement for six years. After the liberation of Goa by the Indian government Ranade was finally released in January 1969 after 14 years of imprisonment.


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, USA
  • Armando Menezes, Head of the Department of English St Xavier's College Bombay; Principal of Karnataka College Dharwad; Under-Secretary Education, Government of Maharashtra



  • Garcia de Orta (1523–1580), physician, druggist, and botanist; wrote and published the first major book on Indian drugs and remedies's 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, born in 1877 in Assagao to the Camotim family, was the founding editor of the Morning Leader in Ceylon. An early freedom fighter, he was gaoled by the British colonial government for advocating democracy, but released following public protests at his incarceration. He was the author of Hundred days in Ceylon under martial law in 1915[7] and father of Senator Doric de Souza (Professor of English) and the late editor of the Times of Ceylon, Tory de Souza. He died in 1922.
  • 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), 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 as the editor of Marathi daily Rashtramat and Konkani daily Sunaparant, worked as a freelance journalist. He was associated with development of Konkani language. With a few books to his credit, Mr. Keni bagged the 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. Lambert was the editor of the Goan Tribune, the fortnightly paper dedicated to the cause of Goa's freedom from the Portuguese rule. He is also the founder editor of Goa Today, former editor of The Navhind Times, and was awarded the State Cultural award
  • Dom Moraes (born 1938), has won the American Press Club Citation for Excellence in Reporting, for some 20 articles he wrote for the New York Times Sunday Magazine; also a 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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