Jagadish Chandra Bose: The Reluctant Physicist by Sudipto Das

Jagadish Chandra Bose: The Reluctant Physicist by Sudipto Das

Jagadish Chandra Bose: The Reluctant Physicist by Sudipto Das

Niyogi Books is proud to announce its latest publication Jagadish Chandra Bose: The Reluctant Physicist by Sudipto Das, a meticulously researched in-depth biography of a modern Indian scientific genius.

The book illuminates aspects of Bose’s life, such as his relationship with Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda and his friends and sheds light on early scientific research in India and the challenges faced by J.C. Bose as he sought to extend the frontiers of knowledge.


Jagadish Chandra Bose: The Reluctant Physicist by Sudipto Das



J.C. Bose is an amazing character—a scientist and maverick—who personifies an important turn in Indian history when the likes of Vivekananda and Tagore were laying the intellectual foundations of modern India.—SANJEEV SANYAL, economist & writer.

An insightful and illuminating exploration of the life and thought of one of the greatest scientific minds that India has ever produced. —JUG SURAIYA, senior journalist, Times of India.

Author Sudipto Das, when asked about the book, says, ‘The first scientist in modern India was much more than a scientist. He was an engaging citizen of the world, living through a kaleidoscope of events and incidents that shaped the twentieth century in many ways, both at home and in the world. His life, more than his fascinating scientific contributions in diverse fields ranging from radio physics to biophysics, plant neurobiology, and plant cognition, many of which have been recently resurrected in many ways, must be known to the present generation.’

Commenting on the publication of the book, Trisha De Niyogi, Director and COO, Niyogi Books said, ‘J.C. Bose is recognised today as a scientific genius, who pioneered research in semiconductors, radio communication and plant neurobiology. Our publication of this in-depth, thoroughly researched biography is a tribute to a man of science who proved that path-breaking research could be carried out in India at a time when it was struggling to achieve nationhood. His life is truly an inspiration. We hope this book will inspire many readers.’



Sir J.C. Bose has been resurrected in many fields recently, more than five decades after his death. In the late 1990s, Bose was acknowledged as one of the inventors of the radio, alongside Marconi. We now know Bose held the first patent for a semiconductor device and he was the first to have used millimeter waves for radio communication, presently used in 5G technology. In plant neurobiology, scientists realized that Bose had claimed plants can feel pain, like animals and humans do, in the early 20th century.

Bose lived during a turbulent phase in India’s history. Closely connected to Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore and two extraordinary European women, Bose’s life is a labyrinth of remarkable relationships unexplainable in conventional terms. Both favoured and disfavoured by the English, loved and hated by his acquaintances, mythified and forgotten by his countrymen, Bose was a contronym. This book is an attempt at demystifying the ‘Boseian’ myth.

Price: INR 795 / Format: Hardback / Pages: 392




Jagadish Chandra Bose: The Reluctant Physicist by Sudipto Das


An author, musician, columnist, and a speaker at TED events, Sudipto Das is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur. A violinist trained in Western classical music, he debuted as a music composer in 2014. History, culture, language, and travelling are of special interest to him. Member of an amateur music band, Kohal, Sudipto lives in Bangalore with his family. He is the author of The Ekkos Clan, The Aryabhata Clan and co-author of The Broken Amoretti.




Jagadish Chandra Bose: The Reluctant Physicist by Sudipto Das


An internationally acclaimed publishing house, Niyogi Books, established in 2004, has more than 700 titles today. It not only specializes in textual content but also strives to give equal importance to visuals. It purveys a wide range of content on art,
architecture, history, culture, spirituality, memoirs, and every aspect, which connects with our rich heritage. Under its umbrella, it has fiction and non-fiction that cover books on social science, cookery, and self-help as well as English translations of modern classics from different Indian languages. Niyogi Books, after having launched four Imprints: Olive Turtle (English fiction), Thornbird (English Translation), Paper Missile (English non-fiction) and  Bahuvachan (Hindi Translation: Fiction & Non- Fiction), has launched its newest imprint, Perky Parrot, with an aim to provide fun reads for children and young adults. Niyogi Books has co-published a number of critically acclaimed books with reputed institutions like the British Library, Rietberg Museum Zurich, IGNCA, National Gallery of Modern Art, Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India), National Manuscript Mission, Sahitya Akademi, among many others.


For more details, please contact:
Tultul De Niyogi
Phone: +91 98110 38556
E-mail: tultulniyogi@niyogibooksindia.com

Trisha De Niyogi
COO & Director
Phone: +91 9999501175

E-mail:  trishaniyogi@niyogibooksindia.com


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