Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose is the focus of the chapter ‘J.C. Bose: A Beautiful Mind.’ Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose was one of the earliest Indian scientists to demonstrate via research that animals and plants had a lot in common. Plants are responsive to heat, cold, light, noise, and a variety of other environmental stimuli, he revealed.

Sir J.C Bose And His Life

The narrative is set in 1895, during the British colonization of India. A presentation was held in Town Hall by Sir J.C. Bose, Assistant Professor of Presidency College. The electromagnetic waves that travel 75 meters distant from the lecture room astounded everyone in the crowd. Sir J.C. Bose was born in Bikrampur on November 30, 1858. He was a scientist, biologist, botanist, science fiction writer, and many other things. His father, Bhagwan Chandra Bose, was a Brahmo Samaj leader. In Faridpur, Burdwan, and other areas, he served as a deputy magistrate. Sir JC Bose’s father enrolled him in a vernacular school because he believes that knowing one’s mother tongue is essential before learning another.

A talk by Bose at a Bikrampur Conference is also recounted in this chapter. He discusses his schooling at St. Xavier’s School in Calcutta and his higher education at St. Xavier’s College in Calcutta. There he encountered a significant figure, Jesuit Father Eugene Lafont, who influenced his natural science interest. Soon after, Bose moved to Cambridge to pursue a degree in Natural Science. In 1884, he got a BSc degree from the University of London and a natural science tripos from the University of Cambridge. A year later, he accepted a position as an officiating professor of physics at Presidency College. However, he was not entrusted with any research facilities and was paid far less than his European counterparts. Bose had a strong and outstanding sense of self-regard and civic identity, and as a mark of his protest, he opted to continue his teaching job for another three years without receiving any payment. The Director of Public Instructions and Principal eventually gave him a permanent teaching position.

Sir J.C Bose’s Innovation

Bose’s inventions include a variety of sensitive devices. The crescograph is one of them, and it’s used to measure plant growth rate. He established that plants, like humans, are responsive to all stimuli through his experiment. In the late nineteenth century, Bose pioneered research into electromagnetic waves. Bose can be viewed as a selfless human being since, rather than seeking financial gain, he made his ideas public to allow others to progress further along the lines of his study. 

Bose’s efforts were not in vain, as he was later rewarded with honour and knighthood by the British government. Many more honours were bestowed upon him, including the ‘Fellow Of The Royal Society Award,’ ‘Companion Of The Order Of The Indian Empire,’ and so on. Sir JC Bose wrote a number of books and contributed to a number of peer-reviewed publications. Bose started the ‘Bose institution’ at his home in Calcutta in November 1917. He gave this institute to the country as a contribution for scientific study. Sir JC Bose died on November 23rd, 1937.