[Science Stories] Guess who first translated Einstein's General Theory of Relativity into English!

The first ever English translation of Einstein and Minkowski’s papers on Theory of General Relativity, written in German was published by Calcutta University in 1920.

The translators were the famous Indian physicists Meghnad Saha and S.N. Bose and a historical introduction was provided by P.C. Mahalanobis

Those were the golden days of Presidency College. The great JC Bose and PC Ray were the teachers. SN Bose, Meghnad Saha, JC Ghosh were all their students, that too of same batch (+/- 1 year).

Saha was 27 years and SN Bose was 26 years old when they translated Einstein's General Theory of Relativity into English.

Further, it is said that SN Bose learnt German just for the purpose of translation.

Einstein later sort of paid his debt by translating Bose's famous foundational paper which came to now be called as "Bose-Einstein statistics" to German and got it published. Here's Bose's letter to Einstein



"I have ventured to send you the accompanying article for your perusal and opinion. I am anxious to know what you think of it. You will see that I have tried to deduce the coefficient <number> in Planck's Law independent of classical electrodynamics, only assuming that the ultimate elementary region in the phase-space has the content h3. 
I do not know sufficient German to translate the paper. If you think the paper worth publication I shall be grateful if you arrange for its publication in Zeitschrift fr Physik. Though a complete stranger to you, I do not feel any hesitation in making such a request. Because we are all your pupils though profiting only by your teachings through your writings.  
I do not know whether you still remember that somebody from Calcutta asked your permission to translate your papers on Relativity in English. You acceded to the request. The book has since been published. I was the one who translated your paper on Generalised Relativity." [Credits]

Einstein agreed with him and translated Bose's paper titled "Planck's Law and Hypothesis of Light Quanta".

Story credits: Albert Einstein: His Annus Mirabilis 1905