It gives us
great pleasure for all of us here at LAKSHYA to forward this
special issue of commemorative e – newsletter as a mark of
tribute to one of the greatest scientist of our country Sir.
C.V. Raman, remembering his contribution to science and his
recognition as a Nobel laureate. As our country is celebrating
the national science day to mark his contribution, 80 years
later, we are here to salute Sir, Raman and refresh our memories
by reflecting on his works and with commitments to work and
reach newer heights for our country. In this special edition we
tried to present few archival memories of Sir Raman and wish it
will be a pleasure reading........
Life of Sir C.V. Raman
Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman was born at Trichinopoly in
Southern India on November 7th, 1888. His father was a lecturer
in mathematics and physics so that from the first he was
immersed in an academic atmosphere. He entered Presidency
College, Madras, in 1902, and in 1904 passed his B.A.
examination, winning the first place and the gold medal in
physics; in 1907 he gained his M.A. degree, obtaining the
His earliest researches in optics and acoustics - the two fields
of investigation to which he has dedicated his entire career -
were carried out while he was a student.
Since at that time a scientific career did not appear to present
the best possibilities, Raman joined the Indian Finance
Department in 1907; though the duties of his office took most of
his time, Raman found opportunities for carrying on experimental
research in the laboratory of the Indian Association for the
Cultivation of Science at Calcutta (of which he became Honorary
Secretary in 1919).
Prize in Physics 1930 Presentation Speech
Presentation Speech by Professor H. Pleijel, Chairman of the
Nobel Committee for Physics of the Royal Swedish Academy of
Sciences, on December 10, 1930
Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses, Ladies and Gentlemen.
The Academy of Sciences, has resolved to award the Nobel Prize
in Physics for 1930 to Sir Venkata Raman for his work on the
scattering of light and for the discovery of the effect named
December 11, 1930
molecular scattering of light
In the history of science, we often find that the study of some
natural phenomenon has been the starting-point in the
development of a new branch of knowledge. We have an instance of
this in the colour of skylight, which has inspired numerous
optical investigations, and the explanation of which, proposed
by the late Lord Rayleigh, and subsequently verified by
observation, forms the beginning of our knowledge of the subject
of this lecture. Even more striking, though not so familiar to
all, is the colour exhibited by oceanic waters.
Courtesy: archive of NOBEL
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