Anyone who read English books growing up would invariably have met Roald Dahl. This British author is so beloved that his tales were not only part of popular reading culture, but even found their way into the English Literature program of the ICSE and CBSE Boards. From Mathilde to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Fantastic Mr Fox, Dahl’s work is considered hilarious, observant and irreverent. And it was on November 23, 1990 that this acclaimed author for young people breathed his last.
November 23 is also the anniversary of the death of renowned plant physiologist and radio biophysicist Jagadish Chandra Bose, who died in 1937. Born in an undivided Bengal, Bose is widely regarded as the scientist who identified the parallelism between the tissues of plants and animals. It was thanks to an instrument called a crescograph, which could measure plant growth, that Bose was able to discover this. Bose also invented devices to detect radio waves as well as various components of the microwave. He was knighted and is now widely recognized as one of the fathers of radio science by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
In 1963, William Hartnell became the first Doctor on the hugely popular British science fiction show Doctor Who. The first episode titled An Unearthly Child aired on the BBC from November 23. The four-part episode continued through December 14, with a new part every week.