Speakers at a seminar yesterday lamented that seminal scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose has not been honoured yet in his birthplace of Bangladesh, whereas he was recently among the nominated names to become the face of United Kingdom's redesigned 50 Pound note, to go into print from 2020.
They said the internationally-acclaimed Bangladesh-born polymath should be recognised nationally, and urged the government to take proper initiatives for the preservation of his ancestral house in Munshiganj.
The observations came from a seminar, titled “In memory of Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose: Innovation or discovery are property of the people” organised by Bangladesh National Museum (BNM) at its Sufia Kamal Auditorium.
While presenting a keynote paper, prominent science speaker Asif Uzzaman said Bose pioneered the research of radio and microwave optics, made significant contributions to botany, and laid the foundations of experimental science in the Indian subcontinent.
He is considered the father of Bangla science fiction, and also invented the crescograph, a device for measuring growth of plants.
Scientist Dr Muhammad Ibrahim said research should be conducted on life and works of Sir Bose to enrich history of science in Bangladesh.
With cultural affairs ministry Secretary Nasir Uddin Ahmed in the chair, Director General of National Museum of Science and Technology Swapan Kumar Roy, Director General of Bangladesh National Museum Reaz Ahmed and Professor of botany at DU Rakha Hari Sarker also spoke at the seminar.