Dead People You Should Know: Jagadish Chandra Bose

Jagadish Chandra Bose was a pioneer in several scientific fields, but chances are you’ve never heard of him. I’m here today to fix that.

Bose was a Bengali scientist who lived in India when it was a British colony. He was a pioneer in science fiction, botany, and radio science.

He was born on November 30, 1858 in Bangladesh and received a wide, varied education  at several different schools. His father wanted him to  be  a scholar, luckily for scientists everywhere—if he had followed through with his plan to go into the military, we may not have radios today. Eventually, he was accepted into the University of Calcutta.

In 1899, he discovered more about microwave radiation; this contributed to the  development of radios.

He ran many experiments on plants and how their cells respond to stimuli, proving that their responses were electrical rather than chemical, and he invented the crescograph, which measures plant growth.

Speaking of plants, Bose did have one unorthodox belief—he thought plants could feel pain and understand affection! Although he was a genius, this  claim is a little out-there, in my opinion.

He also wrote The Story of the Missing One, which was one of the first works of Bengali science fiction.

Overall, I think Bose is a very important figure who did a lot  of important scientific work.

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