One of the greatest Physicists of India and the world, Sir. C.V. Raman left a massive impression in the world of Physics by discovering what is known as the Raman Effect. In this article on Sir C.V. Raman facts, we will focus primarily on his early life, his education and his career.
|Name||Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman|
|Born||7 November, 1888|
|Birth Place||Madras Presidency, British India|
|Death||21 November, 1970|
|Death Place||Bangalore, Karnataka|
|Known For||Raman Effect|
|Wife||Lokasundari Ammal (1907 – 1970)|
|Children||Sons: Venkatraman Radhakrishnan and Chandrasekhar|
|Commemoration||28 February is National Science Day in India to remember the discovery of Raman Effect|
Interesting C.V. Raman Facts: 1-5 | Birth and Education
1. Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on born on November 7th, 1888 in India’s Madras Province. Presently it is known as Tamil Nadu.
2. Raman’s father was a school teacher initially. He used to teach in Thiruvanaikovil. Later, he became a Physics and Mathematics lecturer in Visakhapatnam’s Mrs. A.V. Narasimha Rao College and eventually joined in Madras’ Presidency College.
3. Because Raman’s father had to move to Visakhapatnam, Raman also moved there and was admitted to St. Aloysius Anglo-Indian High School.
4. C.V. Raman passed the matriculation from that school when he was just 11 years old. Two years later, he passed the F.A. examination with a scholarship. F.A. in those days was equivalent to today’s Intermediate exams.
5. In year 1902, C.V. Raman joined the Presidency College where his father worked as Physics and Mathematics lecturer.
Did You Know? C.V. Raman was the parental uncle of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar – another Nobel Laureate.
Interesting C.V. Raman Facts: 6-10 | Education and Career
6. Two years later in 1904, Raman earned his B.A. examination from University of Madras. He was exceptional and earned the first rank in Physics and even earned the gold medal.
7. Three years later in 1907, he earned the Masters Degree in Science from University of Madras and again earned the highest distinctions. After that, he took a competitive exam for Finance Department of colonial government of India.
8. He earned himself a government service in the post of Accountant General in Calcutta and continued for some time, only to resign in 1917 when University of Calcutta appointed him as the university’s first Palit Professor of Physics.
9. While teaching in University of Calcutta, Raman continued with his research in Calcutta’s famous IACS or Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science. Later on, he became IACS’ Honorary Secretary.
10. In 1928, while working in IACS, C.V. Raman ran several experiments on February 28 on scattering of light. One of the collaborators in his works was K.S. Krishnan. The experiments they conducted together led to the discovery of what we today know as Raman Effect.
Did You Know? C.V. Raman’s son Venkatraman Radhakrishnan was a space scientist and was a member of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.