Dear Friends,

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 highest distinctions.

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).

The Nobel 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 after him.

Raman lecture Nobel Lecture

December 11, 1930

The 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.

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