Search giant Google’s homepage doodle today celebrates the 158th birth anniversary of Indian scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose. The doodle shows Bose sitting in a laboratory with a plant hooked on to an instrument, and a radio-wave drawn on a board.
Born in Munshiganj, Bengal Presidency (now Bangladesh), Bose is regarded as a pioneer in the field of radio and microwave optics and is credited of making significant contribution towards the development of Botany as a subject.
A graduate from Kolkata’s prestigious St. Xavier’s College, Bose went on to study medicine at the University of London. However, ill health confined the budding scientist to Cambridge where he worked on his research with Lord Rayleigh. After returning to India, he joined Presidency College in Kolkata as a professor of Physics.
Bose’s work on remote wireless signalling made him the first to use semiconductor junctions in detecting radio signals. Subsequently, he made big strides in the field of plant physiology. His invention, the crescograph, was used to measure ‘plant response to various stimuli’, thereby proving that a form of parallelism existed between animal and plant tissues.
Known to be against filing of patents for his own creations, Bose was forced to file a patent for one of his inventions after much peer pressure. He authored two books – Response in the Living and Non-Living which was published in 1902, and The Nervous Mechanism of Plants published in 1926.
Earlier this week, Google doodle payed tribute to ‘Little Women’ creator Louisa May Alcott on her 184th birth anniversary. The doodle showed one of Alcott’s creations — Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Jo’s best friend Laurie, their neighbour in a scene from the “Little Women” which is considered as Alcott’s semi-autobiographical.
“Little Women” is still among one of popular children novels. Alcott died in the year 1888 due to heart-attack.