Sir C.V. Raman | Braves by their Broken Hearts!

When a little kid asks you "Why the sky is blue?", what do you say?! Is it because of the magic of God?! If it so, why god only chose blue colour for sky?! We don't know.. But a man got answer from the god for this question...
A Nobel Prize in the field of Physics! Created a mark around the globe with his theory "Raman Effect"! A proof that India can also produce History-Creators. What made this ordinary brain from Madras, India., to do ground-breaking research on Light-scattering and it's effects..?



Biographical Sketch | Sir Chandrashekhar Venkata Raman


  • Raman was born in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, to a tamil family.
  • Raman's father was a lecturer in Mathematics and Physics.
  • At an early age, Raman moved to Indian city Visakhapatnam for schooling.
  • Completed Matriculation at the age of 11 years.
  • He got a scholarship for studies at the age of 13 years.
  • At the age of just 29 years, he was appointed as a professor of Physics at the University of Calcutta.
  • He simultaneoulsy continued his research in Indian Association for Cultivation of Sciences (IACS, Calcutta).
  • He also served as Honarary Secretary of IACS. He referred this time as 'Golden Age' in his life.
  • In 1926, Raman started first Indian Journal of Physics, for which he was also the editor.
  • "I am the master of my failures. If I never fail, how can I learn?", he often said..
  • The second volume of Physics Journal published his famous article "The New Radiation". It is the foundation for his world famous discovery "The Raman Effect"
  • In 1928, Raman did experiments on Scattering of Light, along with another scientist, K.S.Krishnan, by which he successfully explained the Raman Effect.
  • Raman was very confident that he would win the 1928 Nobel Prize. But got disappointed when it was awarded to Owen Richardson in same year.
  • The next year, in 1929, again Raman expected the award for his works. But, the award was presented to Louis De Broglie, for the discovery of  Wave Nature of Electrons.
  • Raman however got very confident in 1930, that he even booked tickets to the Nobel Award Presenting ceremony, before the announcement of the winners.
  • In November, 1930, C.V.Raman was awarded Nobel Prize for the discovery of Scattering of Light and The Raman Effect.
  • He was the first Asian and also the first Non-white person to be awarded with Nobel Prize in the field of Sciences.
  • He is the second person from India, after Rabindranath Tagore, to win Nobel Prize.
  • Raman didn't stopped after that.In 1932, he determined the spin of Photons, which further confirmed the Quantum nature of Light.
  • He was also the first person to investigate the harmonic nature of sounds of Indian musical instruments Tabla and Mridangam.
  • "If someone judges you, they are simply wasting their space in their mind.".. Raman followed this idea whenever he received critisism.
  • Raman and his student, Nagendra Nath, provided the correct explanation for the Acousto-Optic effect (Scattering of light by sound waves), which later became as Raman-Nath theory.
  • Raman was married on 6 May 1907 to Lokasundari Ammal (1892–1980). They had two sons, Chandrashekhar and Radio-astronomer, Radhakrishnan. 
  • 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.
  • Throughout his life, Raman developed an extensive personal collection of stones, minerals, and materials with interesting light-scattering properties, which he obtained from his world travels and as gifts. He often carried a small, handheld spectroscope to study specimens. These are on display at the Raman Research Institute, where he worked and taught.
  • "Ask the right questions, and the Nature will open the doors to reveal her secrets..." - Chandrashekhar Venkata Raman.



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