Jagadish Chandra Bose Achievements
When we talk about the science and the contribution of Indian Scientists, the foremost name we utter instinctively, is Jagadish Chandra Bose. Born on 30 November 1858, in Bikrampur, Bangladesh, Jagadish Chandra Bose was truly a scholar when we come across a prodigy like him who was a Bengali Polymath, Physicist, biologist, botanist, archaeologist, and writer of science fiction.
His true worth is realized when we hear the words of D.S. Dasgupta. He said, “Bose was modern India’s first Physicist, after all, one of her very first scientists. He was his motherland’s first active participant in the Galilean – Newtonian tradition. He had confounded the British disbeliever. He had shown that the Eastern mind was indeed capable of the exact and exacting thinking demanded by western science. He had broken the mold.”
After the failure of their studies in medicine due to health problems, he returned to India and joined Presidency as a professor of Physics in 1885. He then began his research on refraction, diffraction, and polarization. There is a controversy about whether he was the inventor of wireless telegraphy. After his successful research on physics, he turned to metals and plants. He proved that metals do have feelings and memory.
But Bose is highly acclaimed for his research on plants. With the help of poison, he
proved that plants have life and react to heat, cold and other sensitivities. He recorded his experiments and availed to us through his books. He wrote ‘Response in the living and Non-living” and “The nervous mechanism of plants”. He was even the inventor of an instrument called “coherer” which he used to prove reactions to radio waves.
The famous ‘Bose Institute’ was established by him before his death in 1937. This
great scientist passed away on November 23, 1937. Scientists die but their contributions always remain relevant to us. J.C. Bose started an era in Indian Science that must excel in its full colour. Let reverent Bose become a source of inspiration beyond in the future generations.