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Teachers which changed our world FOREVER

It’s teachers day today and we all know that it is celebrated in the memory of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. When we were kids, it was one of the days in my school when we could dress in civys . It was also one of the days in schools when students took the whole-sole responsibility to organize an event. We prepared skits, dance performances, group songs in order to honor our teachers. But today, due to our busy lives we have just limited to a Facebook post saying ‘Happy Teacher’s Day to all our teachers’.  So, here is my way of saying ‘Happy Teacher’s Day’ by remembering some teachers who changed our world FOREVER:

1. Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

We all know Sir Isaac Newton for his most important contribution to science-Theory of Gravity and Laws of Motion. But not many of us know that Sir Isaac Newton was actually a Professor at the University of Cambridge. In fact most of his works was published after he became a professor there. He started with lecturing his students on optics. It was the same time when he was doing his studies about the refraction phenomenon of light. Although his studies on gravity started much before he became a professor there but he conclusively publish it ten years after his appointment. I wonder about those lucky students with whom Newton would have shared his ongoing studies about gravity. Probably they were the first group of people whom Newton would have told that ‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.’

2. Alexander Graham Bell

tumblr_mvs7ydIyKG1t0tagyo1_1280The inventor of practical Telephone, the first man on earth to talk on a telephone. But his first words were not ‘Hello’. He said, ‘Watson come here, I want to see you’. Bell’s father always worked on elocution and both of his mother and wife were deaf. So he was quite emotionally attached to the idea of communication. Apart from his inventions he also worked as teacher for the deaf and mute. In fact, his first two pupils were deaf and mute girls who made remarkable progress under his tutelage. Bell also trained instructors of the Boston School for Deaf Mutes. His program was so successful that he was asked to repeat the program at several other schools.

3. Albert Einstein

Albert-Einstein-14You can call him the Father of Modern Physics. He gave us the Theory of Relativity, though many of us don’t know what it actually is, we still know that it is something fascinating. His most famous equation is E=mc2.  This equation brought a revolution with its application in the field of nuclear science. The effect however, has been both constructive and destructive. But today we are sensible enough to focus on its constructive part and nuclear energy is seen as a very viable alternative source of energy. The credit for all of this goes undoubtedly to Albert Einstein, a Jewish by birth who was first appointed as a lecturer at the University of Bern. Later he became a full time professor in Prague and later due to the rise of Nazis in Germany he took refuge at the Princeton University.

4. Jagdish Chandra Bose

Jagadish_Chandra_BoseIf you were thinking that this list won’t contain any Indian names, you were wrong. Jagdish Chandra Bose is one of our most honored scientists. The original inventor of radio communication. Though, the invention is popularly credited to Marconi, but we have evidences that Dr. Bose demonstrated the working of his apparatus much before Marconi. In fact, Jagdish Chandra Bose reportedly met Marconi in London had some ‘exchange of ideas’. Bose never patented his invention and was against the commercial use of it, so he lost out to Marconi in getting credited with the invention of Radio. However, this wasn’t the only invention which JC Bose did in his life. According to Nobel laureate, Sir Nevill Mott, “Bose was atleast 60 years ahead of his time. In fact, he had anticipated the existence of P-type and N-type semiconductors.” Apart from being an inventor, JC Bose was also a science fiction writer. He was also an officiating professor of Physics in Presidency College, Kolkat.

5. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark-Zuckerberg1This one is probably everyone’s favorite. There is no doubt that this guy changed our world forever. If we compare our social lives today with that some twelve years back, the change is very prominent, and all because of this guy. But most of us do not know that the founder of Facebook is also a teacher. Yes, he gives lectures on ‘How to build a Business’ in East Menlo Park, California (near FB head quarters) where he volunteers as a middle school teacher.

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