Lecture to Discuss Fascinating Scientific Figure From India

April 08, 2019

J.C. Bose (1853-1937)MISSOULA – Do plants feel pain?

J.C. Bose (1853-1937), an accomplished researcher and scholar from India with wide-ranging interests, believed he had scientifically proven that plants did indeed have such feelings.

The University of Montana will host a lecture about this fascinating researcher titled “J.C. Bose: the Road Not Taken” at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, in Davidson Honors College Room 119. It will be presented by Dr. Gautam Basu, a biophysics professor from the J.C. Bose Institute in Kolkata, India.

Sponsored by UM’s South and Southeast Asian Studies Program and the Provost’s Office, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Bose was a physicist, biologist, biophysicist, botanist and archaeologist. He pioneered the investigation of radio and microwave optics, made significant contributions to plant science and laid the foundations of experimental science in the Indian subcontinent. He also invented the crescograph, a device for measuring plant growth. A crater on the moon was named in his honor, and he is considered the father of Bengali science fiction.

Bose created automatic recorders capable of detecting incredibly slight movements. These revealed the quivering of injured plants, which Bose interpreted as the power of feeling in plants. His books include “Response in the Living and Non-Living” (1902) and “The Nervous Mechanism of Plants” (1926).

For more information, email gg.weix@mso.umt.edu.

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Contact: G.G. Weix, professor, professor, UM Department of Anthropology, 406-529-7191, GG.weix@mso.umt.edu.