Satyendra Nath Bose

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While Satyendra Nath Bose did not write or speak much about himself, many people who met and knew Bose have written about their memories of him. The S N Bose Project has invited many of them to contribute original or previously published material relating to Bose. 

Every few weeks we will try and present a contribution along with some personal insights by Falguni Sarkar written on the S N Bose Blog. We think you will find these gems to be insightful, and frequently fascinating. They are significant contributions to Bose scholarship.

We are honored to be able to present to you these detailed, and sometimes emotional, recollections of people who knew Bose.

Purnima Sinha

Dr. Sinha was a student of Bose, and is also a leading biographer of Bose. She received her doctorate in physics from Calcutta University College of Science in 1956 under Bose. She has written extensively on far reaching topics, including many articles and books on Bose. She spent many years under Bose's tutelage, and has the distinction of being the first Bengali woman to receive a doctorate in Physics.

The picture on the right is of Dr. Sinha as a student, with Bose (r) and PAM Dirac (l), during Dirac's visit to Calcutta in 1954. Dirac is famous for coining the terms Bose-Einstein Statistics and Boson, as well as Fermi-Dirac Statistics and Fermions. Dirac, known to be generally shy and reserved, had a very warm relationship with Bose, and honored Bose greatly when he nominated him for Fellow of the Royal Society in 1958, albeit rather late in his life. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Supurna Sinha)

Dr. Sinha lives in Santineketan, and at the age of 80 continues to write on many issues, including biographies, music, and science. Her writings on Bose display a clear dedication to her mastermoshai which comes through in all of her work. She has done much to promulgate Bose's legacy and memory.

Satyen Bose in Berlin - Dr. Purnima Sinha gives a rare glimpse into Bose's days in Europe by interviewing those that knew him during that time.

Read Dr. Sinha's bio