Last Updated: 28 May, 2023 | Views: 109
Profession: Social Worker
Famous For: Leader In Village Welfare Services At Nagpur, India
Higher Education: Columbia University
Irene Mott Bose, better known by her alias Mrs. Vivian Bose (18 September 1899 – 22 December 1974), was an American-born social worker and author living and working in India. She was also the spouse of Indian Supreme Court Justice Vivian Bose.
Irene Mott Bose Early Life and Education:
• Irene Mott was born in Wooster, Ohio. Her father was a Christian pastor and author who received the 1946 Nobel Peace Prize.
• Her older brother John Livingstone Mott was awarded the Kaisar-i-Hind silver medal in 1931. Frederick Dodge Mott, her younger brother, was Canada's delegate to the World Health Organisation and worked in healthcare planning.
• After earning her degree from Vassar College in 1922, Irene Mott went to Columbia and Harvard Universities to pursue additional public health and health education courses.
Irene Mott Bose Career:
• Mott moved to India shortly after receiving her undergraduate degree to serve with her brother, a missionary among cotton mill workers.
• In Nagpur, she established a social worker training programme, a school, a small hospital, and more.
• From 1969 to 1973, Mott and her husband conducted an anthropological study of the Rabari people of Kutch, a nomadic community.
• The Monkey Tree (1956) and Totaram (1933) are two children's novels about India written by Bose.
• The 1961 American school reader Roads to Everywhere featured a passage from Totaram under the title "When Totaram Washed the Elephant."
• Irene Mott gave some of her father's papers to the Cambridge Centre for South Asian Studies, which later also archived her own files.
Irene Mott Bose Personal life:
• In 1930, Mott married Judge Vivian Bose. Christopher was their son, and Leila was their daughter. The Boses family drove from India to Albania when Christopher was a little child, with her sister and his sister. Mott passed away in 1974 at the age of 75.
• An American Memsahib in India: The Letters and Diaries of Irene Mott Bose 1920-1951, a compilation of her letters and journals, was released in 2006. The Walter Fairservis Papers at Penn Libraries contain 13 folders containing images and other items connected to Irene and Vivian Bose's studies of the Rabari people.