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Somaditya Banerjee

Somaditya Banerjee

Assistant Professor


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History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3175
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3175

Somaditya Banerjee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and has research interests in history of science and technology in the Global South; history of modern physical sciences; modern India; theories of nationalism; intellectual history and international dimensions of science and technology.

  • Ph.D., History of Science, University of British Columbia, 2013
  • MA (History of Science, Technology and Medicine), University of Minnesota,    
  • MS (Physics) University of Arkansas,
  • MSc (Physics) University of Pune,
  • BSc (Hons) Physics St. Xavier’s College (University of Calcutta). 

Somaditya "Soma" Banerjee is an assistant professor in the Department of History. He received his bachelor's in physics from St. Xavier's College Calcutta and master's in physics from University of Pune in India before moving to the University of Arkansas to continue his studies in physics. Having interests in the history of physics, he moved to the University of Minnesota for his master's in history of science and technology. Finally, he completed his doctorate from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He has published in Science and Narratives of Nature and Annals of Science and is working on a book manuscript that examines the making of modern science in colonial India. His research looks at the social and cultural dimensions of science in twentieth century India. His doctoral dissertation has examined how physicists in early twentieth century colonial India created an indigenous school of science and responded to the developing quantum physics. Banerjee teaches surveys on history of science, history of physics, modern South Asia, Mughal India, STS in South Asian history and world history.

  • History of Science & Technology
  • History of Physics
  • Modern India
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Intellectual and Cultural History

The Making of Modern Physics in Colonial India (Routledge) [under contract] 

“Transnational Quantum: Quantum Physics in India through the lens of Satyendranath Bose (Physics in Perspective) (18/2; 13 May, 2016, pp. 1-25)

Meghnad Saha and physics in early twentieth century India. Physics Today 69 (8) 38 (2016).

“C.V. Raman and Colonial Physics: Acoustics and the Quantum,” Physics in Perspective 16, no. 2, (2014): 146-178. 

Joydeep Sen, Astronomy in India 1784–1876 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014) in Isis Vol. 107, No. 2 (June 2016), pp. 412-414.

Dinesh Sharma, The Outsourcer: The Story of India’s IT revolution (MIT press, 2015) in Science Vol. 348, No. 6240, pp 1214.

Kris Manjapra, Age of Entanglement: German and Indian Intellectuals across Empire (Harvard University Press, 2014) in Isis Vol. 105, No. 4 (December 2014), pp. 859-860

Jahnavi Phalkey, Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India (Permanent Black, 2013), in The British Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 47, No. 3, (September 2014) pp. 753-754. 

Robert Anderson, Nucleus and Nation: Scientists, International Networks and Power in India, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011) Annals of Science, Vol. 71, No. 1, (Dec. 2011) pp. 1-3.

    Invited colloquium speaker on “Physics in Colonial India” at the forthcoming International Congress of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23-29 July 2017.

    “Cosmopolitanism and Science in Asia” (forthcoming panel) at a roundtable discussion at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2016. 

    “Development of a transnational science in the emerging Global South: Physics and Statistics in Colonial and Postcolonial India” invited workshop participant at Georgia Tech, November, 2016.

    Chaired panel on “Eugenics and American Power” at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, Western Washington University, Bellingham, April 2016. 

    “History of Science Society’s Outreach to historians of science in India and South Asia,” Organizer and presenter at a round-table discussion at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. November 19-22, 2015. 


    • History of Science Society (HSS) Committee on Membership and Governance, 2016-2019.
    • Co-PI on the Vandal Ideas Project on the "Consortium for the Study of Science, Policy, and Values -- Understanding Scientific Knowledge, Development, and Power in the Public Realm”
    • Faculty Advisor, Indian Student Association (University of Idaho)
    • Faculty Advisor for students embarking on research trips to India at the Martin Institute at UI.
    • Member of the Situating Science Cluster in Canada which examines the social and cultural contexts of science in North America and Asia.
    • Collaborating with the Corpus Research Institute and Institute of Historical Studies at Kolkata (India) to create a curriculum on History of Science at Calcutta University.
    • Member in the History of Science Society (HSS) Mentorship Program.
    • Collaborating with History of Science Society (HSS) to reach out effectively to historians in India and South Asia.

    • Early Career Olsson Grant, University of Idaho (2015-16)
    • Summer Research Grant, College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences, University of Idaho (2015).
    • Faculty Seed Grant, University of Idaho Research School (2014–15).
    • Grant-in-Aid National Award for Research, American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD (2014)
    • Nehru Award in South Asian History, Institute of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (2011).
    • John Bardeen Fellowship at the American Physical Society 2007



    Physical Address:
    315 Administration Building

    Mailing Address:
    History Department
    University of Idaho
    875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
    Moscow, ID 83844-3175

    Phone: 208-885-6253

    Fax: 208-885-5221


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