Google honours the renowned Indian scientist and mathematician Satyendra Nath Bose with an interesting and interactive doodle today on Saturday, June 4 2022. He was among the most popular physicists in the country. The doodle pays tribute to Bose highlighting his contribution to the Bose-Einstein Condensate.
In 1924, on this same day, Bose sent his long-researched quantum formulations to Albert Einstein. Einstein didn’t make him wait and recognised all his formulations as important breakthroughs in quantum mechanics instantly.
Satyendra Nath Bose: Early life, academic history, and other information
Starting with Bose’s early life, his achievements in academics were always appreciated. It kind of laid the groundwork for his journey to fame. He was a bright student. Starting his school days, Bose’s father helped him get more focused on maths. He was an accountant and used to write him an arithmetic problem for him to solve before leaving for work. This surely helped in fueling Bose’s interest in mathematics.
Hence, at the age of 15, Bose began to pursue his Bachelor of Science degree at Presidency College in Calcutta. Later on, he also got a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Calcutta. As expected, Bose was the topper of his class in both.
After completing his studies, he started teaching postgraduate students Planck’s radiation formula. His teaching not only involved reading and writing from books, but it was also the way more interactive and unique. He used to question the way particles were counted and began experimenting with his own theories. He documented his findings in a report called Planck’s Law and the Hypothesis of Light Quanta and sent it to a prominent science journal called The Philosophical Magazine. To his surprise, his research was rejected. At that moment, he made the bold decision to mail his paper directly to Albert Einstein.
Einstein indeed recognized the significance of the discovery instantly and soon applied Bose’s formula to a wide range of phenomena. This led to making Bose’s theoretical paper becoming one of the most important findings in quantum theory. Even the Indian government recognized Bose’s immense contribution to physics by awarding him one of the highest civilian awards in the country, the Padma Vibhushan. Later on, he was appointed as National Professor, the highest honour in India for scholars.
Bose was a true polymath serving in various governments’ scientific institutions. He served as the president of the Indian Physical Society, National Institute of Science, Indian Science Congress and the Indian Statistical Institute. Furthermore, he also served as an adviser to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and later became a Fellow of the Royal Society. In honour of Bose’s legacy, any particle that conforms with his statistics today is known as a boson. Many scientific breakthroughs have come from his work including the discovery of the particle accelerator and the God particle.
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