Bust of Jagadish Chandra Bose in the grounds of Christ’s College, Cambridge.
Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose 30 November 1858 – 23 November 1937, was a polymath, physicist, biologist, biophysicist, botanist and archaeologist, and an early writer of science fiction.
He pioneered the investigation of radio and microwave optics, made significant contributions to plant science, and laid the foundations of experimental science in the Indian subcontinent. IEEE named him one of the fathers of radio science.
Bose is considered the father of Bengali science fiction, and also invented the crescograph, a device for measuring the growth of plants. A crater on the moon has been named in his honour.
Born in Mymensingh, Bengal Presidency (present-day Bangladesh), during British governance of India, Bose graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta.
He went to the University of London to study medicine, but could not pursue studies in medicine because of health problems.
Instead, he conducted his research with the Nobel Laureate Lord Rayleigh at Christ’s College, Cambridge and returned to India.
I came upon this bust from stage right, as it were, as you as looking at it. My instant thought was that the spectacles looked very odd on a copper bust. I thought it might be a temporary sculpture, perhaps plastic made to look like metal. Now I have got over that, I like it.