HE IS ONE OF THE FATHERS OF RADIO SCIENCE; THE FATHER OF BENGALI SCIENCE FICTION; INVENTOR OF THE CRESCOGRAPH, A DEVICE FOR MEASURING THE RESPONSE OF PLANTS TO VARIOUS STIMULI; FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF THE BOSE INSTITUTE, THE FIRST INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH CENTRE IN ASIA, AND HERE HE HANDWRITES THE CREED OF A RESEARCH SCIENTIST: “OUT OF THE VERY IMPERFECTION OF HIS SENSES, MAN HAS BUILT HIMSELF A RAFT OF THOUGHT TO MAKE DARING ADVENTURES IN UNCHARTERED SEAS.”
SIR JAGDISH CHANDRA BOSE (1858-1937) SIGNED QUOTE, “J. C. Bose, Bose Institute, 10th April 1928”, on a card 4.25 x 3.5, by the biologist, physicist, botanist, and an early writer of science fiction (his 1921 collection Palatak Tuphan (Runaway Cyclone) was one of the first works of Bengali science fiction. 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 made a number of pioneering discoveries in plant physiology using his invention, the Crescograph, to measure the response of plants to various stimuli. Bose was not interested in patenting his inventions and made them public in order to allow others to further develop his research. His major contribution in the field of biophysics was the demonstration of the electrical nature of the conduction of various stimuli (e.g., wounds, chemical agents) in plants. He was the author of many books on plant physiology, including: his two-volume, Life Movements in Plants (1918&1919), The Physiology of Photosynthesis (1924), The Nervous Mechanism of Plants (1926), etc. His wonderful handwritten statement, in full: “Out of the very imperfection of his senses, man has built himself a raft of thought to make daring adventures in unchartered seas.” The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.