National Symposium on Soft Matter
On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Sir J. C. Bose and the 90th jubilee year of Bose Institute
September 18-19, 2008
(Organized by: Department of Chemistry, Bose Institute)
Sir J. C. Bose
Among the many great personalities that emerged from India in the nineteenth century, Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, born in 1858, was the first who put Indian science in the forefront in the world map with his ingenuity and originality. His fundamental research in microwave propagation enabled him to carry out the first wireless transmission in the world in the laboratories of Presidency College, Kolkata in 1895. His work on response of plants to external electrical and mechanical stimuli studied with precision equipments developed by him received worldwide recognition. He was well ahead of his time in initiating truly interdisciplinary approach combining physics, chemistry and biology to study living and non-living things. He became the first Indian to be honoured by the Royal Society in 1920 in the field of science. His dream of establishing an independent research institute was realized on November 1917 when Bose Institute was set up and dedicated to the nation by him. The great legacy that Bose left behind remains an inspiration for the present and the generations to come. The present symposium is one of the series of symposia designed to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of our founder Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose as well as the 90th year jubilee of Bose Institute.