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BD scientist photo likely in UK currency soon

 International Desk

 Published: 12:42 PM, 2 December 2019  

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The new 50-pound note is coming to the UK market in 2020 and it is reported that the Bank of England will print their new note with the face of a Bangladeshi scientist. Earlier, the names of 100 scientists came up in the discussion, however, the name of Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose is ahead, according to India Times. 

Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose is the first one ever told that “there is vitality in the plant”. To prove this, he invented the machine called ‘Crescograph’ which increased the response of plants to millions of times. ‍Now, to honor his name and invention, coins or a note with the face of Jagdish Chandra Bose may come in England. 

On the website of Bank of England, it is stated that about 1.75 lakh names have been submitted and 1.14 lakh names selected where Jagdish Chandra Bose’s name mentioned among them. 

Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose is a follower of modern science. He pioneered the invention of the radio and microwave optics, made significant contributions to plant science and laid the foundations of experimental science in the continent. He was a polymath, biologist, biophysicist, botanist and archeologist. Apart from this he also has many contributions to agricultural science. 

Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose

Born on November 30, 1858, in Munshiganj, Bengal Presidency (now Bangladesh) during the British governance of India - he graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He went to England to study medicine, but could not complete due to his health problem. Instead, he conducted research with Nobel Laureate Lord Rayleigh at Cambridge and returned to India and joined Presidency College as a professor in physics. There, despite racial discrimination and a lack of funding and equipment, Bose carried on his scientific research.

He made remarkable progress in his research of remote wireless signaling and was the first to use semiconductor junctions to detect radio signals. However, instead of trying to gain commercial benefit from this invention, Bose made his inventions public in order to allow others to further develop his research.

Jagdish Chandra did not accept any patent in his lifetime for his research or invention, but the current scientist acknowledged his contribution to the invention of radio waves. He is referred to as the father of wireless communication. Discovering millimeter waves, he is today regarded as a pioneer in wireless communication.