India has always been prepossessing in terms of what it produces. Apart from the spellbinding culture and natural beauties filled with awe, India has meritorious Indians who gave birth to notable discoveries and inventions in the past. Sadly, these contrivances have been trapped with controversies as to who coined them.
Amid the evolution we have these mind blowing inventions and discoveries that were made by Indians, but went through a lot of challenges to get the name of its mastermind sorted.
1. Radio and its science
You think it is the Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi? Well no, it is Dr. Jagadish Chandra Bose who is named as father of radio science by IEEE. He also has a crater on the moon named as “Bose” in his honor. Bose demonstrated the use of radio in Calcutta in 1895.
Entire world has its faith restored in emails when it comes to communication, but can you really believe that this mystifying discovery was made by an Indian? Shiva Ayyadurai claims that at the age of 14 he started developing it and finally copyrighted it in 1982. Later he went on to wining White House competition for developing a system to automatically analyze and sort email messages. He’s now onto his next study of the medicinial systems, which he says are rooted in deep science.
3. Test Tube Baby
On 25th July, 1978, the first test-tube baby was born in England through a method devised by Robert G. Edwards. No one can deny that, but the sad truth is that 3 months after this ground-breaking event, the 2nd test-tube baby was born in Calcutta under the guidance of Subhash Mukhopadhyay, using a method different from – and, in the opinion of some, superior to – that used by the English team.
Sadly, the government didn’t support his work & findings and went on to doubt his findings. He was called fraud and later humiliated by those who weren’t qualified to evaluate his work. Subhash Mukhopadhyay committed suicide on 19th June 1981. He always claimed that, had he received the support rather than the opposition of India’s scientific establishment, he could have beaten the British team to the first IVF birth.
4. Pythagorean theorem
Apart from the other innumerable contributions that were made by Baudhayana , rendering the Pythagorean theorem and estimating the value of pi to some extent were the most significant ones. The Sutras written by him were noteworthy and truly instructive throughout the course.
Shivkar Bapuji Talpade an erudite and a well known scholar claims to have designed an airplane 8 years before Wright brothers. Talpade is known to have developed Marutsakhā (the name of the airplane) under the direction of Pandit Subbarāya Shāstry. Marutsakhā may have been developed focused around Vimāna, fanciful flying machines from Vedic.
This story is brought to you in association with Hawaizaada, a movie inspired by the life of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, which is releasing on 30th Jan.