HYDERABAD: Two working experiments made by a group of students, which have been displayed as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) milestone, exhibits at the BM Birla Science Centre, were inaugurated by Nirmala Birla, chairperson of the Birla Foundations, and dedicated to school children on Monday.
IEEE Forum for Science and Engineering (IEEE Forum SEE) assigned the responsibility for building fully working replicas of JC Bose Experiment for Muffakam Jah College of Engineering and Technology (MJCET) and CV Raman Experiment for School of Physics, University of Hyderabad.
A team lead by Prof MA Khadeer of MJCET successfully fabricated a replica of the historic JC Bose Experiment. Another team lead by Dr D Narayana Rao of School of Physics, UOH built a replica of CV Raman Experiment in consultation with Indian Association for Cultivation of Science, Kolkata. The most difficult and challenging task was the development of a device for instantaneous display of scattered light spectrum. Taking a keen interest in the exhibits Nirmala Birla congratulated the the teams which created the two IEEE designated milestone exhibits.
The first deals with the experiments of Jagdish Chandra Bose in the late 19th century, in which he demonstrated that we could transmit radio waves across distances. This is at the root of modern telecommunication. The very next year the Italian scientist Marconi also demonstrated the same thing. Unfortunately Bose was not recognised for the discovery and, instead, Marconi got the Nobel Prize. IEEE, an international organisation headquartered in the US designated JC Bose’s experiment as a Milestone experiment.
In the 1920s CV Raman demonstrated his Raman Effect. This was not replicated by anyone and shortly thereafter CV Raman got the Nobel Prize. This experiment too was designated as an IEEE Milestone experiment.
The BM Birla Science Centre and IEEE have joined hands to reproduce these two Milestone experiments in their authentic version. The idea of the exhibitions is to provide a source of inspiration to young Indian researchers and students.
The visitors will be also able to view the short audio-presentations accompanying the two exhibits. These audio-visual presentations explain in simple language the scientific discovery and the technology applications which followed.