John-Bosco Lourdusamy

Associate Professor, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, India

Contact: jbl.hss[at]


2010: Associate Professor, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras

2003-2009: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras

2002-2003 (January): Postdoctoral  Fellow, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras

Academic & professional profile

2011: Participated in the Indo-French Workshop ‘The Making of Indian Engineers’, New Delhi, 21-22 February 2011

2007: Participated in the Workshop of the Contributors to a Volume on ‘Science and Modern India: An Institutional History, 1784-1947’

2004 -2007: Guided a Ph.D thesis on ‘Electrification of the Madras Presidency, 1900-1947’

2003 – till now: Have been teaching courses on History of Science and Technology in Modern India

Recent publications 

2010: With M.Arivanandan, ‘ICTs for Rural Development? : Answers from Below- A Micro-Level Study of Five ICT-Enabled Villages in Tamilnadu’, Journal of Rural Development, Vol. 29, No. 1, January-March 2010

2010: With Srinivasa Rao, ‘Colonialism and the Development of Electricity: The Case of Madras Presidency, 1900-1947’ Science, Technology & Society,  Vol 15 No.1,  2010

2010: College of Engineering, Guindy’, in D.P.Chattopadhyay and Uma Dasputa (eds.) Science and Modern India: An Institutional History c.1784-1947′, Pearson Education, New Delhi

2009: ‘Are Sciences not “Humanities”?’ in Tutun Mukherjee (ed.) Humanities in the Present Context,  Allied Publishers, New Delhi

2008: ‘In League with Religion: Advent of Modern Science in the West and India’, Omega: Indian Journal of Science and Religion, Vol. 7, No.1, June 2008

Awards & distinctions

2011 : Visiting Fellowship ,Institute of Advanced Study, Warwick, UK ; Visiting Fellowship ,Trinity College, Cambridge, UK

1996 -1997 : Queen Elizabeth Visiting Scholarship, Dept. of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

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