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November 7 marks the birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate, Chandrasekhara Venkata.

Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman or popularly known as C.V. Raman was born on November 7, 1888 in Southern India's Tiruchirappalli. Raman's father was a lecturer in mathematics and physics, and this could possibly be the reason why Raman turned out to be one of the finest physicists of India.

Raman is known worldwide for one of his discoveries, the Raman Effect, and for this discovery, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics. According to this theory, the inelastic scattering of photons by matter, meaning that there is both an exchange of energy and a change in the light's direction.


At first, Raman's father wanted him to appear in the Financial Civil Services (FCS) examination, and so he appeared and topped, too. In the year 1907, Raman joined as Assistant Accountant General, but in his free time, he used to go to the laboratory for doing research at the Indian Association for Cultivation of Sciences. Though, at that time, the facilities available in the laboratory were very limited, but still Raman continued his research and published his findings in leading international journals like, ‘Nature', 'The Philosophical Magazine', 'Physics Review', etc.

In 1917, Raman joined the University of Calcutta as the first Palit Professor of Physics, and after 15 years, he became the Professor at the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore from 1933-1948. Since 1948, Raman became the Director of Raman Institute of Research at Bangalore, which was established and endowed by him only.

Raman had worked sincerely in the field of physics and discovered many theories throughout his professional life. To honour this great physicist, the Indian government awarded him with Bharat Ratna in 1954, which the highest civilian award in India. Along with this, many national and international awards are acclaimed in the name of C.V. Raman.

Raman received a major heart attack in the year 1970, while working in the laboratory, and he took his last breath in his own institute on November 21, 1970.

Keywords: C.V. Raman, Birth Anniversary, India, Physics, Nobel Laureate



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