Nobel Laureate CV Raman Birthday: Interesting Facts about the Physicist- Watch Video

Publish Date: 06 Nov, 2022
Nobel Laureate CV Raman Birthday: Interesting Facts about the Physicist- Watch Video

CV Raman Birthday:  Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, better known as C V Raman, was born on November 7, 1888, and died in 1970. He was one of India's most revered scientists and the Nobel Prize-winning Physicist. Raman's father was a mathematics and physics lecturer, which influenced him to pursue a career in science.

Interesting facts about Sir C V Raman

  • Raman resigned from government service in 1917 to become the first Palit Professor of Physics at the University of Calcutta.

  • Raman continued his research at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) in Calcutta while teaching at the University of Calcutta. He was later named an honorary scholar by the organisation.

  • Raman performed a groundbreaking experiment at the IACS that earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics on February 28, 1928. He discovered evidence of the quantum nature of light by observing light scattering, which became known as the Raman Effect. In India, this day is observed as National Science Day.

  • Raman had a collaborator in this experiment who was unknown to many. Due to professional differences, Raman's coworker, K S Krishnan, did not share the Nobel Prize. However, in his Nobel acceptance speech, Raman emphasised Krishnan's contributions.

  • Dr Ernest Rutherford, the discoverer of the atomic nucleus and proton, mentioned Raman's spectroscopy in his presidential address to the Royal Society in 1929. Raman was recognised by society, and he was also awarded a knighthood.

  • Raman had hoped for the Nobel Prize since 1928. After a two-year wait, he received the award "for his work on light scattering and the discovery of the Raman Effect." He was so eager that he had purchased plane tickets to Sweden in July in order to receive the award in November.

  • Raman was the first Asian and non-white person to receive the Nobel Prize in Science.

  • Raman and Suri Bhagavantam discovered the quantum photon spin in 1932. This discovery confirmed the quantum nature of light.

  • When asked about the inspiration for his Nobel Prize-winning optical theory, Raman stated that he was inspired by the "wonderful blue opalescence of the Mediterranean Sea" while visiting Europe in 1921.

  • Raman was not only an expert in light, but also in acoustics. Raman was the first to investigate the harmonic nature of Indian drum sounds such as tabla and mridangam.

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