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Dr Partha Ghose


National Academy of Sciences

Partha Ghose retired as Professor and Academic Programme Coordinator of the S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, India, in 1999. Presently he is a Fellow and Honorary Scientist of the National Academy of Sciences, India.

He studied at St. Xavier’s School and College, Kolkata, Presidency College, Kolkata, and Imperial College, London. He obtained his DPhil (Science) degree from Calcutta University in 1968 under the supervision of Satyendra Nath Bose. His initial interest was in quantum field theory and high energy physics, though this interest shifted to the foundations of quantum mechanics from 1989.

His principal contributions to physics have been in unravelling the nature of wave-particle duality in single-photon experiments using a double-prism attenuator, extension of the causal quantum theory of de Broglie and Bohm to relativistic bosons like photons and calculation of their trajectories, and entanglement in classical optics. His current interests are in the interface of quantum and classical physics, cosmology and a unified theory of gravity and electromagnetism, as well as in music induced emotions.

He was awarded the Senior Scientist Platinum Jubilee Fellowship of the National Academy of Sciences, India, the Indira Gandhi Prize for the popularization of Science by the Indian National Science Academy, and an Honorary MBE by the British Government. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, and of the West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology.

His publications include Testing Quantum Mechanics on New Ground (Cambridge University Press, 1999), Einstein, Tagore and the Nature of Reality (Routlege, 2016), and Riddles in Your Tea Cup (with D. Home; Institute of Physics Publishing, 1994).