Happy 158th birthday Jagadish Chandra Bose!

When visiting the Google search engine today I saw that their doodle is honoring Jagadish Chandra Bose‘s 158th birthday. I was not previously aware of him or his contributions to the world.

The man was a polymath, working with plant biology, physics, archaeology, biophysics and even wrote science fiction! He worked in early radio communications, studied microwaves, and created many tools to help with his research.

His biggest contribution came from working with plants and understanding the effects of various stimuli. He hypothesized that plants could ‘feel pain, understand affection’ and have other responses to external stimuli.

I will have to look into him and his work more in the future.