Contact & Location


Department of History

Physical Address:
Administration Bldg. 315
PHONE: (208) 885-6253
FAX: (208) 885-5221
E-MAIL: history@uidaho.edu

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

Soma Banerjee

Somaditya Banerjee Ph.D.

Office: Department of History #313D
Phone: 208-885-6551
Email: sbanerjee@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3175
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3175

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Assistant Professor

Home Town: Kolkata, India
Campus Locations: History Department, Administration Building, 3rd Floor, Suite 315
With UI Since 2013

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • History of Science & Technology
    • History of Physics
    • Modern India
    • Science and Technology Studies
    • Intellectual and Cultural History
  • Biography
    Somaditya Banerjee (Soma) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History.  He received his B.Sc (Hons) in physics from St. Xavier's College Calcutta and M.Sc in physics from University of Pune in India before moving to the University of Arkansas to do his MS in physics. Having interests in the history of physics, he moved to the University of Minnesota for his MA in history of science and technology. Finally he completed his doctoral 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 which 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.  Professor Banerjee teaches surveys on history of science, history of physics, modern South Asia, Mughal India, STS in South Asian History, and world history.
  • Selected Publications
    • Review of "Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India," The British Journal for the History of Science, (Forthcoming, 2014).
    • "A Traditional Modernity, Colonial Physics and C.V. Raman: Verifying the Light Quantum," Physics in Perspective (Forthcoming, 2014)
    • "Bhadralok Physics and Indian Science: The Case of Satyendranath Bose," Science and Narratives of Nature: East and West (Ed. Bernard Lightman and Gordon McOuat), Routledge (2013)
    • Review of “Nucleus and Nation: Scientists, International Networks and Power in India,” by
      Robert Anderson, Annals of Science, 02 Dec, 2011
  • Research Projects
    • History of Science and Technology
    • Modern India
    • Transnational histories of Quantum Physics.
    • Science and Nationalism in South Asia.
    • Intellectual and Cultural History of India.
  • Outreach Projects
    • Working closely with the Mechanical Engineering and Physics department to create a interdisciplinary cluster on Historical Studies in Physics and Engineering at UI.
    • 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.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Nehru Humanitarian Award in South Asian History, Institute of Asian Studies (UBC). 2011.
    • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Arts Graduate Award. 2010
    • University of British Columbia, Graduate Student International Research Mobility Award 2009
    • University of British Columbia Faculty of Arts Graduate Award 2009
    • University of British Columbia Travel Research and Writing Graduate Award 2009
    • University of British Columbia, Four Year Doctoral Entrance Award 2007
    • John Bardeen Fellowship at the American Physical Society 2007
    • University of Minnesota, Research Fellowship 2006
    • University of Minnesota, Two Year Graduate Award 2005
    • University of Arkansas, Graduate Award 2002-05

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And the physicist is not a macro-instrument,but a social phenomenon.--Gertsen Kopylov