Joydeep Sen joined the School of History at Kent in 2013, and works as a Research Associate on a Leverhulme Trust project, ‘An Antique Land: Geology, Philology and the Making of the Indian Subcontinent, 1830-1920’. His research focuses on the relationship between science, culture and antiquity in India, considering how both Western and Indian geologists fashioned new stories about the making of the Indian subcontinent and developed new theories associating human origin with geological evolution.
Indian scientific achievements in the early twentieth century are well known, with a number of heralded individuals making globally recognized strides in the field of astrophysics. Covering the period from the foundation of the Asiatick Society in 1784 to the establishment of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in 1876, Sen explores the relationship between Indian astronomers and the colonial British. He shows that from the mid-nineteenth century, Indians were not passive receivers of European knowledge, but active participants in modern scientific observational astronomy.