Bose Institute (Basu Bigyan Mandir) is one of the oldest and premier research institutes of India.
The Institute was established in 1917 by Acharya Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose, the founder of modern scientific research in India, who was its Director for twenty years. After him his nephew, Debendra Mohan Bose, was the Director of the Institute for another twenty years.
Current concentration of research is in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Plant biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioinformatics and Environmental science. The Institute pioneered the concept of inter-disciplinary research in Asia and India in sync with global trends. The Institute has contributed to extremely important discoveries and has been home to internationally renowned researchers like Sambhu Nath De (discoverer of the cholera toxin), Debendra Mohan Bose (who pioneered the use of photographic emulsion plates in particle physics as attested by the Nobel Laureate Sir C. F. Powell ), Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya, Shyamadas Chatterjee (known for research on fusion) etc. Obviously, the pioneering work of Jagadish Chandra Bose at the dawn of Bose institute on the effect of stimuli in plants, automatically earns it the distinction of being one of the cradles of the field known today as systems biology.
Jagadish Chandra Bose himself started the display of his instruments which, as a continuous process, made their way into the present museum in the year 1986-87. The main purpose of this technological museum is to display and maintain some of the instruments designed, made and used by Sir J. C. Bose, his personal belongings and memorabilia. The museum is housed in the main campus at 93/1 A. P. C. road (formerly Upper Circular road) and is open on all weekdays.
The institute and the museum are located in the former residence of Sir J.C. Bose.
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