Jagadananda Roy (1869-1933)
Roy was born in a landed aristocratic family of Krishnanagar, Nadia.
He taught in a local missionary school for some time. His flair for
writing on scientific matters in a simple and lucid style brought him
into contact with Rabindranath who was then the editor of Sadhana. Rabindranath
found these writings very attractive and when he found that Jagadananda
was in dire straits, he offered him a job on his estate.
Knowing that this work was not appropriate for someone like Jagadananda,
he also asked him to teach his children. When the Brahmacharyasrama
was founded, he brought Jagadananda over to Santiniketan as a teacher.
He was the first Sarvadhyaksha of the school. A dedicated teacher,
he taught continuously till his retirement in 1932, after which he continued
to take Mathematics classes voluntarily.
He wrote a number of books on popular science, his mission being to
propagate scientific truth in simple Bengali in the manner of Ramendrasundar
Trivedi. Graha-nakshatra, Prakritiki, Vaijnaniki, Jagadishchandrer
Avishkar, Banglar Pakhi were some of his books.