We dedicate our work to the memory of Fr. Eugene Lafont (1837 to 1908)
Fr. Eugene Lafont arrived at Calcutta from Belgium on December 4, 1865. was a Prof. of Physics at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Soon after, he was appointed to teach science at St. Xavier’s College, an institution that was merely 5 years old at that time. He installed a laboratory in this college, perhaps the first of its kind in modern India. He taught Jagadish Chandra Bose and inspired him to conduct hands on- research in science.
Fr. Lafont gave popular science lectures to demonstrate new inventions like the magic lantern, telephone, X Ray, phonograph and the camera
Fr. Lafont always brought new technology into the classroom. He was one of the first in India to acquire a movie camera and use it for scientific experiments.