Acharya Bhaban, Sir JC Bose Trust
Acharya Bhaban, the historical residence of Acharya and Lady Bose built in 1902 is located at 93 A P C Road, Kolkata 700009 and is a rich repository of their personalia and memorabilia.
Sir Jagadish Chunder Bose’s recently discovered two British Patents on solid state detectors will be handed over to Acharya Bhaban Science Heritage Museum, for preservation and display, in a short ceremony on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM. by Dr. Probir K. Bondyopadhyay, Internationally known Forensic Historian of Science and Technology, based in Houston, Texas, U.S.A.SPECIAL HISTORICAL PROGRAM
|Prelude||TUMI KHUSHI THAKO
(Shri Debabrata Biswas)
|1. PRAYER||An Ode to the Thunderbolt||11:00 AM|
|2. Welcome Address||Trustee, Sir J. C. Bose Trust||11:05 AM|
|3. The Patron and the ‘Chief Guest’||Introductions by the Historian||11:10 AM|
|4. PRESENTATION OF SIR J. C. BOSE’S TWO BRITISH PATENTS TO ACHARYA BHABAN||The FORENSIC HISTORIAN||11:18 AM|
|5. Joy Tabo Hoak Joy||Shri Rabindranath Tagore||11:22 AM|
|6. INDIA’S FIRST ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER TO THE WEST||DR. PROBIR KUMAR BONDYOPADHYAY
(The FORENSIC HISTORIAN Of Science and Technology)
|7. An Ode to the Patron||The Forensic Historian||11:53 AM|
|Indian National Anthem||Shri Pankaj Kumar Mallick||11:59 AM|
(22 November 2013)
I am delighted to address the participants at the function of installation of the Bose Institute Creation Document at the Acharya Bhavan, Kolkata. My special greetings to Dr Probir Bondyopadhyay, the Chief Executive of Miss Margaret Elizabeth Noble (Sister Nivedita) Memorial Fund and the Sir J C Bose Trust, Kolkata who have pioneered the historical event. Also I greet the science students, research scholars of the Bose institute participating in this programme. I am sorry, I am unable to participate in the programme personally. My personal apologies.
The initiative of the Memorial Fund is indeed a remarkable one and it is the greatest tribute we can pay to Acharya Sir J C Bose. Acharya Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose was a true scientific mind transcending individual disciplines like physics, biology, or botany. His observations on archaeology were profound. He was also one amongst world’s early writers of science fiction. Lived during the golden years of Indian history along with great personalities like Swami Vivekananda, JRD Tata, Bala Gandadhar Tilak and Rabindranath Tagore, Acharya Bose pioneered the investigation of radio and microwave optics, made very significant contributions to plant science, and laid the foundations of experimental science in this part of the world. He made remarkable progress in his research of remote wireless signalling and was the first to use semiconductor junctions to detect radio signals. Sir Nevill Mott, Nobel Laureate in 1977 for his own contributions to solid-state electronics acknowledged that Acharya Bose was at least 60 years ahead of his time in anticipating the existence of P-type and N-type semiconductors. Acharya Bose subsequently made a number of pioneering discoveries in plant physiology and established the existence of plants as living beings.
Interdependence and enrichment
When I think of Acharya JC Bose, I recall the historic speech delivered by Acharya as the President of Indian Science Congress, during the 1927 at Lahore on the topic “The Unity of Life”. There he mentions which I quote, “the whole world is interdependent and a constant stream of thought has throughout ages enriched the common heritage of mankind. It is the realization of this mutual dependence that has kept the mighty human fabric bound together and ensured the continuity and permanence of civilizations”. Dear young friends, please remember this is the statement given by one of the great scientist of our country, 85 years back. Science was always borderless and will continue to be borderless. Friends, when you work in science, science will explore space systems, interplanetary flights, human genetic structures and also prevention of diseases using bio-science through immunology and vaccinology and above all science will transform the lives of billion people of the nation. Already the world is connected and it will be further improved towards multimedia connectivity through the introduction of newer technologies such as 3G, Wi-Fi and Wi-MAX. We have to work together to maintain this inter-dependence for working towards an economically developed, happy, peaceful and safe planet earth through the application of science and technology.
Power of the will and characteristics of scientists
What we see in JC Bose life? All his varied scientific work has been made possible, because of his sheer will power to excel in science. I would like to quote from him. “The external stimulus is not so overwhelmingly dominant and man is no longer a passive agent in the hand of destiny. He has a latent power which will raise him above the terrors of inimical surroundings; it rests with him whether the channel through which the outside world reaches him at his command be widened or closed”. This is an important message for all scientists young and experienced, so that they can realize their best through the use of their will power.
His life brings out the characteristics to be possessed by aspiring scientists. They are: keen power of observation, experimentation and unique thinking; trait of perseverance; making books to be close friends; always have a dream and be eager to discover new knowledge.
Genius is akin to light; it ought to be contained in to a space order to illuminate the surroundings. A dedicated disciple of Swami Vivekananda, Sara Chapman Thorp Bull, provided $20,000 endowment to Acharya Bose to set up his own botanical research laboratory. Another Disciple of Swami Vivekananda Miss Margaret Elizabeth Noble later known as Sister Nivedita took active interest on Acharya Bose's scientific activities. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore composed a song to laud Acharya’s work. It is through the dedicated efforts of people like Acharya Bose that proved to the world that the Indian intellect is second to none. Acharya Bose proved by the performance of his multi-disciplinary research task beyond the power of any of his contemporary scientists, and seizing of a great place in the intellectual advance of the world. What a great celebration of human excellence!
Everyone leaves something behind when they leave this world. Many leave behind their children, or a house or a wall built or a tree planted. Some people leave behind a book or a painting. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you leave this material existence and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you are there. It does not matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just mows lawns and a real gardener is in the touching. The lawn-mower might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime. Acharya Bose was one such gardener of the Indian creative soil. The choices Acharya Bose made about the work he did indeed provided the soil on which countless flowers of scientific and creative minds blossomed. On the occasion of this great historic event at Acharya Bose Museum of adding memorabilia combing from blessed souls of Sister Nivedita and Gurudev Tagore, I congratulate Dr Probir Bondyopadhyay and Dr Parul Chakraborty to painstakingly working to preserve the great legacy of Acharya Bose.
Once again I greet all of you on this historical occasion. May God bless you.
- A.P.J.Abdul Kalam