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posted Jul 19, 2013, 8:12 PM by The Scientific Indian   [ updated Jul 19, 2013, 11:26 PM ]

Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Rāman, FRS (7 November 1888 – 21 November 1970) was an Indian physicist whose work was influential in the growth of science in India. He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930 for the discovery that when light traverses a transparent material, some of the light that is deflected changes in wavelength. This phenomenon is now called Raman scattering and is the result of the Raman effect.

India celebrates National Science Day on 28 February of every year to commemorate the discovery of the Raman effect in 1928.

C.V. Raman was the paternal uncle of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, who later won the Nobel Prize in Physics (1983) for his discovery of the Chandrasekhar limit in 1931 and for his subsequent work on the nuclear reactions necessary for stellar evolution. <More>

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