Happy 158th birthday, Jagadish Chandra Bose! Google is celebrating the esteemed Indian scientist’s special day with a glorious Google Doodle! Need a refresher on all things Jagadish? Here’s everything you need to know about the scientist!
1. He invented the crescograph.
Jagadish invented the crescograph, “an instrument that measures movement and growth in plant life by magnifying it 10,000 times. He went on to demonstrate the similarities between animals and plants, particularly when it came to reactions to different environmental, electrical, and chemical influences,” according to Google.
2. There’s a crater on the moon named after him.
There’s a small impact crater on the far side of moon named after him. The Bose Crater is located close to Crater Bhabha and Crater Adler. The crater was named after him to honor Jagadish’s achievements in wireless telecommunications. Is that cool or what?
3. He’s known as the father of Bengali science fiction.
His book, Niruddesher Kahini (Story of the Untraceable), was the first major Bengali science fiction, according to India Today. Jagadish wrote 12 books over the course of his long and illustrious career.
4. He was a pioneer in radio science.
Jagadish invented the Mercury Coherer, a radio wave receiver that was used by Guglielmo Marconi to build an operational two-way radio. Guglielmo is known as the first real detector of radio waves because Jagadish didn’t believe in patenting his work.
5. He was denied access to labs because of his race.
Jagadish was reportedly denied access to laboratories after joining the University of Calcutta as a Professor of Physics. He would conduct his experiments at his place. He also reportedly faced racial discrimination and abuse, according to Independent UK.
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