Published: 21st November 2019
Raman effect: On his 49th birth anniversary here are some interesting facts about Nobel Prize winner CV Raman
If you didn't manage to catch the Dev Patel film on Raman here's a quick look into the award-winning scientist
Remember studying about the Raman effect when you were in school? Yes? But do you recall much about the name behind the effect? If you don't we've compiled this list of facts about the great scientist CV Raman on his 49th death anniversary.
He was originally from Trichinopoly (now Tiruchirappalli) in Tamil Nadu. After completing his studies from Presidency College in Madras, Raman wrote and topped the civil services exams when he was 18-years-old. But any time that he got before and after his job as a civil servant, Raman would spend in the laboratory doing his research and experiments.
In simple terms, Raman effect refers to change in the wavelength of light when light is deflected by molecules. (When a beam of light traverses from a transparent chemical compound, the wavelengths of scattered lights will vary from the wavelength of the incident light — the original light entering the chemical compound).
This discovery by Raman created a revolution in India's scientific field. It also won us the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
In 1934, the government of Mysore gifted him land in Bengaluru to set up a research institute called the Indian Academy of Sciences.
In 1948, he founded the Raman Research Institute and gifted movable and immovable assets for the benefit of the institute and served as its director until his death in 1970.
In 1954, he was awarded Bharat Ratna by the Government of India.
Currently, the main areas of the research at the institute are astronomy and astrophysics, light and matter physics, soft condensed matter and theoretical physics.