Nov 30: Jagdish Chandra Bose, who was born on November 30, 1858, was a legendary multi-talented Bangladeshi scientist who became a world leader in telecommunications. The 158th birthday of scientist Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose has been celebrated by Google, showing Bose in his laboratory. The Google Doodle shows the scientist with crescograph, which is an instrument that he invented to measure growth in plants. It also determines environment effects on vegetation.

Bose did his schooling in vernacular school as his father wanted to be fluent in his mother tongue before learning English. At 18, he left Bangladesh to study Natural Science at Christ’s College. He completed his higher education at Cambridge University.

When he joined the University of Kolkata as a Professor of Physics, he was denied entry to laboratories due to his race. Bose had a significant role in the creation of modern radio and sonic technology. He also had a keen interest in botany. His progress in bringing remote wireless signalling to life and inventing an early vision of wireless telecommunication was noteworthy. (ALSO READ: 6 scientists end year-long Mars mission)

Though Bose would have been able to make himself financially strong with his works, he left the discoveries for public good. He let allow others to develop his research. Considering his tremendous contribution in science, in 1997, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers named Bose as “father of radio science”.

His invention, crescograph helped scientists better understand about cultivation of crops in an effective way. It thus encouraged people to take better care of plant life. To recognise Bose’s achievements, a small-impact crater on the far side of the Moon is named after Bose. It is located close to Crater Bhabha and Crater Adler and has a reported diameter of 91 kilometres.