Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Science, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. Dr. Lourdusamy had obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford for his thesis on “Science and National Consciousness: A Study of the Response to Modern Science in Colonial Bengal, 1870-1930”. He was also Queen Elizabeth Visiting Scholar at the Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dr. Lourdusamy’s books include: Science and National Consciousness in Bengal, 1870-1930, (2004) and Religion and Modern Science in Colonial Bengal, 1870-1940, (2007). Most recently, he has been inducted into the twelve-member Research Council of Indian National Commission for History of Science for the period 2014-16, by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA). His major current research projects include: the growth of medical institutions in colonial southern India; and the history of the tea and coffee plantation industry in southern India.