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Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman

Chandrasekhara Venkata RamanBorn: 7-Nov-1888
Birthplace: Trichinopoly, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: 21-Nov-1970
Location of death: Bangalore, India
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered at the Raman Institute)

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Asian/Indian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: India
Executive summary: Discovered the Raman Effect

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for his 1928 discovery of what is now known as the Raman Effect, the shift in wavelength of light after it passes through transparent material. An explosion of interest followed -- within twelve years of the discovery, 1800 scientific papers were produced. As the most prominent Indian scientist and the first Asian to receive a Nobel, Raman assumed the forefront in Indian physics. He founded the Indian Journal of Physics, and established the Indian Academy of Sciences (1934). His nephew, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1983.

Father: Chandrasekhara Ayyar (lecturer of mathematics and physics, d. 1910)
Mother: Parvathi Ammal
Wife: Lokasundari Ammal (m. 6-May-1907)
Son: Radhakrishnan

    High School: St. Aloysius High School, Visakhapatnam, India
    University: MS Physics, Presidency College, University of Madras (1907)
    Professor: Physics, University of Calcutta (1917-34)
    Administrator: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (1934-48)
    Professor: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (1936-48)
    Administrator: Raman Research Institute, Bangalore (1948-70)

    Nobel Prize for Physics 1930
    Matteucci Medal 1928
    Hughes Medal 1930
    Knight of the British Empire 1929
    Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
    Royal Society 1924
    Indian Ancestry
    Tamil Ancestry

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