Basiswar (Boshi) Sen

Date of birth: 
01 Jan 1887
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Date of death: 
31 Dec 1970
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Dr Boshi Sen was a plant physiologist. He was married to the historian, geographer and journalist Gertrude Emerson Sen in 1932. Boshi Sen worked under Jagadish Chandra Bose and through his research visited Britain and the USA. Sen worked at University College London and became acquainted with D. H. Lawrence in the late 1920s through the Brewster family.

Sen was founder of the Vivekanda Laboratory in Calcutta and later in Almora, India. He was closely associated with the Ramkrishna Mission in India.


Jagadish Chandra Bose, Leonard Elmhirst, Carl Jung, D. H. Lawrence, Ottoline Morrell, Gertrude Emerson Sen, Rabindranath Tagore.

Secondary works: 

Boulton, J. T. and M. H. (eds), The Letters of D. H. Lawrence, Volume VI 1927-8 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Mehra, Girish N., Nearer Heaven Than Earth - The Life and Times of Boshi Sen and Gertrude Emerson Sen (New Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2007)

Sen, Gertrude Emerson, Voiceless India, with an introduction by Rabindranath Tagore (London: Allen & Unwin, 1931)

Archive source: 

LKE/IN/16, Boshi Sen Correspondence, Dartington Archives, Dartington Hall, Devon

Photos, National Portrait Gallery, London