Ten fun facts about C. V. Raman


Fact 1
He discovered that, when light traverses a transparent material, some of the deflected light changes in wavelength. This phenomenon is now called Raman scattering and is the result of the Raman effect.

Fact 2
In 1954, he was honored with the highest civilian award in India, the Bharat Ratna.

Fact 3
Raman passed his matriculation examination at the age of 11 and he passed his F.A. examination (equivalent to today's Intermediate exam) with a scholarship at the age of 13.


Fact 4
In 1917, Raman resigned from his government service after he was appointed the first Palit Professor of Physics at the University of Calcutta.

Fact 5
Raman retired from the Indian Institute of Science in 1944 and established the Raman Research Institute in Bangalore, Karnataka a year later.

Fact 6
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 and for his subsequent work on the nuclear reactions necessary for stellar evolution.

Fact 7
Raman noticed the blue color of glaciers and the Mediterranean sea during a voyage to Europe in 1921. He was motivated to discover the reason for the blue color. Raman carried out experiments regarding the scattering of light by water and transparent blocks of ice which explained the phenomenon.

Fact 8
Raman and Bhagavantam discovered the quantum photon spin in 1932, which further confirmed the quantum nature of light.

Fact 9
Raman also worked on the acoustics of musical instruments.

Fact 10
He also started a company called Travancore Chemical and Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (now known as TCM Limited) which manufactured Pottasium chlorate for the match industry in 1943 along with Dr. Krishnamurthy.


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was an Indian physicist whose ground breaking work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for Physics



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