Remembering Nobel Laureate CV Raman on his 132nd birth anniversary

Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (CV Raman), one of India’s most renowned Nobel laureate Physicists was born on November 7, 1888, in Madras, currently called Tamil Nadu. He left a huge mark in the field of Physics and invented the Raman Effect. He was largely influenced by his father to follow suit in the field of science.

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Here are some facts about his life, work, and contribution on his 132nd birth anniversary.

  • He was the inventor of light and proved that when light passes through a transparent object, the deflected light changes in wavelength. He named this phenomenon Raman Scattering which was the result of the Raman Effect.
  • He was honoured the Bharat Ratna which the highest civilian award in the year 1954.
  • At the age of 11, Raman passed his matriculation examination followed by F.A. examination with a scholarship at the age of 13.
  • After quitting government service, he became the first Palit Professor of Physics in 1917 at the University of Calcutta.
  • CV Raman was the first Asian individual to win a Nobel laureate in science.
  • He was acknowledged by the Royal society in 1929 and was presented with a knighthood.
  • Besides being an expert on light, Raman also experimented with acoustics and was the first person to study the sound of the Indian drums like the table and mridangam.
  • The Indian Postal Service inscribed a stamp of CV Raman with a diamond in the background and the reading of his spectroscopy on his first death anniversary.
  • He breathed his last on November 21, 1970.

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