Professor R. N. Basu (Born in 1st May, 1937). Professor R. N. Basu, Ph. D. (IARI), D. Sc. (Cal), F. N. A. Sc. has been a teacher of the University of Calcutta since 1962. He beceme the Khaira Professor of Agriculture in 1985 and the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science. From 1991 (Dec) to 1999 (Dec), he was the of Vice Chancellor, Calcutta University for two consecutive terms (on line). He was the member of State Planning Board (1998-2002), and Chairman, West Bengal State Agriculture Commission (2006 Aug. - 2009 Mar.). Professor Basu in collaboration with his associates, scholars and students has published around two hundred research papers in the field of plant and seed Physiology in national and international journals.
Professor T.K. Bose (Born in 1931). M.sc. Ag., Ph.D., from Calcutta University. Former: Horticulturist and Secretary the Agri-Horticultural Society of India; Project Coordinator All India Coordinated Floriculture Improvement Project (ICAR); Professor and Head, Department of Horticulture; Dean, Faculty of Agriculture; Director of Research, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal; Member, State Agriculture Commission, West Bengal; Member of scientific advisory committees of ICAR, CSIR (Govt. of India) and State Govt. Extensive researches on horticultural crops were carried out for about 50 years on the improvement in vegetative propagation including micropropagation in vitro, growth and development of ornamental plants under controlled environment, regulation of growth and flowering by using chemicals, mineral nutrition of fruits and vegetable crops, improvement in the methods of cultivation of fruits and ornamental plants. Guided research of about 35 students for their Ph.D. degree. Published more than 250 scientific papers in national and foreign journals and more than 300 popular articles on different aspects of horticulture. Written and edited about 30 books on different aspects of horticulture including fruits, vegetables, floriculture and ornamental plants, plant propagation, mineral nutrition of horticultural crops, biotechnology of horticultural crops, plantation crops, Dictionary of horticulture (in 10 volumes) in collaboration with co-editors and associates during the last 50 years which have been considered as valuable text and reference books in horticultural science world over. Recipient of awards in recognition of my contributions in the development of horticultural science and technology.
Professor Chandrasekhar Chakrabarti M.Sc., M. Phil., Ph.D., FZS.,F. ASET.,FZSI. was born in 1952; passed B.Sc (Zool. Hon's) and M.Sc.(Zool.) from Calcutta University, M.Phil.(Zool.) Ph.D.(Sc.) from Burdwan University. A recipient of National Scholarship and Gold Medal from the UGC and Calcutta University respectively. He served at Jogamaya Devi College and Bangabasi College, Calcutta as a Lecturerer. Also served at North Bengal University as a Reader and Burdwan University as a Professor of Zoology for three decades and served as Vice-Chancellor of West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata for 8 years(two terms). Past President of Indian Agricultural University Association(IAUA).Life Member and Fellow of several Associations and Organizations. Author of many research papers and Text books. Completed a number of research projects and supervised dissertations of a number of students for M.Phil. and Ph.D.awards.
Mr. Shuvankar Dutta (Project Assistant) Born in Raiganj, West Bengal, on 25th September 1988. Graduated in 2010 from Purvanchal University, U.P. with a first class honours degree in Agriculture and M. Sc. in Agriculture (first class) from University of Calcutta in 2012. Registered in the c.v. as a Ph. D. scholar under the guidance of Prof. A. K. Mandal (in Seed Science and Technology); one research I paper already published and thesis to be submitted shortly.
I am indeed happy that the National Academy of Science, India has decided to sponsor the publication by the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture of ‘Introduction to History of Science in India’ –a multivolume series commenmorating the centenary of Indian Science Congress Association and sesquicentennial Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda—one of the principal initiators of Institutional Science in India. This series , of which the present one is and introduction, I understand, would start with our science heritage followed by its growth in successive phases culminating in the present challenges, written in a language meant for the common readers.
I sincerely hope that this commendable venture would indeed generate interest and awareness of all concerned towards the basic objectives of Science—the search for eternal truth, enrichment of knowledge and alleviation of misery of the humanity as a whole.
The present volume provides with a glimpse of a few of our revered scientists who laid the foundation of modern science and explored new horizons in the field. I wish the venture a grand success.
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