Partha S Ghose, former Professor at the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in Calcutta, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, and the West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology, is an Indian physicist, author, anchorperson, philosopher, musician. He is a currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, and a former Chairman of the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata. In a career spanning nearly five decades, Dr Ghose has emerged as a worthy representative of a tradition of scholarship established by his revered teachers and mentors, Satyendranath Bose and the Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam. Another abiding influence on him has been the philosophy and creative genius of Rabindranath Tagore whose opus he explores with analytical rigour and deep passion.
Partha Ghose is widely regarded as one of India’s best known popularizers of modern science. He was an anchorperson in the popular TV shows Quest and Eureka. His popular science book Riddles in Your Tea Cup (co-authored with Dipankar Home) has been hailed as ‘a book that really should be in every science department’. It has been translated into several Indian languages, Italian, Japanese and Turkish. He received the National Award for the Best Science and Technology coverage in the Mass Media of the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) for the period 1986–1990. He was also awarded the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for the popularization of science by the Indian National Science Academy
He has directed many plays and appeared in many media programmes and films including the National Award-winning film ‘The Quantum Indians’, which is about the great Indian scientists Satyendranath Bose, C. V. Raman and Meghnad Saha,
He is best known in the academic physics world for his significant contributions to theoretical physics, particularly the foundations of quantum mechanics. His timely book Testing Quantum Mechanics on New Ground (Cambridge University Press, UK, 1999) has been hailed as a valuable source book for researchers in this rapidly developing area.
Dr. Ghose’s exposition of Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy and music has found expression in several scholarly papers and CDs. He served as the Hon. Secretary of the Visva-Bharati Music Board for a few years. He received training in Rabindra Sangeet under veterans like Debabrata Biswas and Santidev Ghosh (a direct disciple of Tagore).
He also served as a member of the Working Group on National Language Policy, Knowledge Commission, Govt of India