Google is celebrating the 158th birthday of Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose, one of the fathers of radio science, with a doodle which shows him sitting his laboratory. Bose has innumerable achievements to his name as a biologist, botanist, polymath, biophysicist, and even a sci-fi writer. He has been most popular for his work with radio and microwave optics and also plant science. He also invented the crescograph, which is an instrument to determine growth in plants and environmental effects on them.
Born 158 years ago in Bangladesh, Bose battled poverty and at the age of 18, went to Christ’s College, Cambridge to study natural science. Bose did intensive research and got great progress in getting remote wireless signalling to life and also discovered the initial variant of wireless telecommunication. This was a great development in the scientific world back then, yet he did not use it for commercial purposes nor did he patent his inventions. He gave all of it away for free. In the year 1997, the famous Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers named Bose as a ‘father of radio science’.
Bose became even more famous because of his work with the crescograph. He discovered how plants and vegetation react to various stimuli. He paved the way to encourage better plantation methods and also take better care of plants as he was the first to believe that plants ‘feel pain and understand affection’. Bose also has a crater on the Moon, named after him to recognise his achievements in radio communication which paved way for satellites, much later.