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Google doodle celebrates scientist Jagdish Chandra Bose

Google honors pioneer in biophysics, radio science and science fiction on his 158th birthday.


Jagdish Chandra Bose was by all accounts a modern-day renaissance man.

Born in what is now known as Bangladesh in 1858, Bose was chiefly a scientist who made several contributions to various fields, including physics, biology and archaeology. But Bose is perhaps best known for his pioneering work in biophysics.

To honor Bose's achievements on his 158th birthday, Google published a doodle Wednesday that features an invention of his born out of his investigations into plant science. Bose's crescograph measures plant responses to various stimuli, proving a parallel between animal and plant tissues.

Bose also made significant contributions to the world of radio and microwave sciences, becoming the first to use semiconductor junctions to detect radio signals and discovering millimeter length electromagnetic waves. For this, the IEEE named him one of the fathers of radio science.

And if that wasn't enough, he was also an early writer of science fiction, for which he is considered the father of Bengali science fiction.

For all this, and much more, a crater on the moon is named in his honor.