C. V. Raman
|Sir Chandrasekhara Raman
|Native name||சந்திரசேகர வெங்கடராமன்|
7 November 1888|
Thiruvanaikoil, Tiruchirappalli, Madras Province, British India
|Died||21 November 1970
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
|Institutions||Indian Finance Department
University of Calcutta
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
Indian Institute of Science
Central College, Bangalore University
Raman Research Institute
|Alma mater||University of Madras|
|Doctoral students||G. N. Ramachandran
Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai
|Known for||Raman effect|
|Notable awards||Knight Bachelor (1929)
Hughes Medal (1930)
Nobel Prize in Physics (1930)
Bharat Ratna (1954)
Lenin Peace Prize (1957)
Fellow of the Royal Society
|Spouse||Lokasundari Ammal (1907–1970)|
Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, FRS (Tamil: சந்திரசேகர வெங்கடராமன்; 7 November 1888 – 21 November 1970) was an Indian physicist, born in the former Madras Province, whose ground breaking work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for Physics. 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. In 1954, he was honoured with the highest civilian award in India, the Bharat Ratna.
Raman was born to a Tamil family in Thiruvanaikaval, Trichinopoly, present-day Tiruchirapalli, Madras Presidency, in British India to Parvati Amma. He was self-educated in the field of science.
Raman's maternal grandfather, Saptarshi Sastri, was a Sanskrit scholar, who was learned in navya nyaya (modern logic). Raman's father initially taught in a local school in Thiruvanaikaval and later became a lecturer of mathematics and physics in Mrs. A.V. Narasimha Rao College, Vishakapatnam (then Vizagapatnam) in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, and later joined Presidency College in Madras.
At an early age, Raman moved to the city of Visakhapatnam, and studied in St. Aloysius Anglo-Indian High School. 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.
In 1902, Raman joined Presidency College in Madras where his father had become a lecturer in mathematics and physics. In 1904 he passed his B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) examination - he stood first and won the gold medal in physics. In 1907 he gained his M.A. (Master of Arts) degree with the highest distinctions.
In 1917, Raman resigned from his government service after he was appointed the first Palit Professor of Physics at the University of Calcutta. At the same time, he continued doing research at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Calcutta, where he became the Honorary Secretary. Raman used to refer to this period as the golden era of his career. Many students gathered around him at the IACS and the University of Calcutta.
On 28 February 1928, Raman led experiments at the IACS with collaborators, including K. S. Krishnan, on the scattering of light, when he discovered what now is called the Raman effect. A detailed account of this period is reported in the biography by G. Venkatraman. It was instantly clear that this discovery was of huge value. It gave further proof of the quantum nature of light. Raman had a complicated professional relationship with K. S. Krishnan, who surprisingly did not share the award, but is mentioned prominently even in the Nobel lecture.
Raman spectroscopy came to be based on this phenomenon, and Ernest Rutherford referred to it in his presidential address to the Royal Society in 1929. Raman was president of the 16th session of the Indian Science Congress in 1929. He was conferred a knighthood, and medals and honorary doctorates by various universities. Raman was confident of winning the Nobel Prize in Physics as well, but was disappointed when the Nobel Prize went to Owen Richardson in 1928 and to Louis de Broglie in 1929. He was so confident of winning the prize in 1930 that he booked tickets in July, even though the awards were to be announced in November, and would scan each day's newspaper for announcement of the prize, tossing it away if it did not carry the news. He did eventually win the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his work on the scattering of light and for the discovery of the Raman effect". He was the first Asian and first non-white to receive any Nobel Prize in the sciences. Before him Rabindranath Tagore (also Indian) had received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.
During his tenure at IISc, he recruited the then talented electrical engineering student, G. N. Ramachandran, who later was a distinguished X-ray crystallographer.
Raman also worked on the acoustics of musical instruments. He worked out the theory of transverse vibration of bowed strings, on the basis of superposition velocities. He was also the first to investigate the harmonic nature of the sound of the Indian drums such as the tabla and the mridangam. He was also interested in the properties of other musical instruments based on forced vibrations such as the violin. He also investigated the propagation of sound in whispering galleries.
Raman and his student, Nagendra Nath, provided the correct theoretical explanation for the acousto-optic effect (light scattering by sound waves), in a series of articles resulting in the celebrated Raman–Nath theory. Modulators, and switching systems based on this effect have enabled optical communication components based on laser systems.
Raman was succeeded by Debendra Mohan Bose as the Palit Professor in 1932. In 1933, Raman left IACS to join Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore as its first Indian director. Other investigations carried out by Raman were experimental and theoretical studies on the diffraction of light by acoustic waves of ultrasonic and hypersonic frequencies (published 1934–1942), and those on the effects produced by X-rays on infrared vibrations in crystals exposed to ordinary light.
He also started the company called Travancore Chemical and Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (now known as TCM Limited) which manufactured potassium chlorate for the match industry in 1943 along with Dr. Krishnamurthy. The Company subsequently established four factories in Southern India. In 1947, he was appointed as the first National Professor by the new government of Independent India.
In 1948, Raman, through studying the spectroscopic behaviour of crystals, approached in a new manner fundamental problems of crystal dynamics. He dealt with the structure and properties of diamond, the structure and optical behaviour of numerous iridescent substances (labradorite, pearly feldspar, agate, opal, and pearls). Among his other interests were the optics of colloids, electrical and magnetic anisotropy, and the physiology of human vision.
Raman retired from the Indian Institute of Science in 1948 and established the Raman Research Institute in Bangalore, Karnataka, a year later. He served as its director and remained active there until his death in 1970, in Bangalore, at the age of 82.
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.
During a voyage to Europe in 1921, Raman noticed the blue colour of glaciers and the Mediterranean sea. He was motivated to discover the reason for the blue colour. Raman carried out experiments regarding the scattering of light by water and transparent blocks of ice which explained the phenomenon.
There is an event that served as the inspiration of the Raman effect. On a December evening in 1927, Raman's student K. S. Krishnan (who later became the Director of the National Physical Laboratory) gave him the news that Professor Compton had won the Nobel Prize for his studies of the scattering of X-rays. This led Raman to theorize that if the Compton effect is applicable for X-rays, then it may be for light also, and to devise some experiments.
Raman employed monochromatic light from a mercury arc lamp which penetrated transparent material and was allowed to fall on a spectrograph to record its spectrum. He detected lines in the spectrum which he later called Raman lines. He presented his theory at a meeting of scientists in Bangalore on 16 March 1928, and won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
For compact work, see: Scientific Papers of C. V. Raman, S. Ramaseshan (ed.).
- Vol. 1 – Scattering of Light (Ed. S. Ramaseshan)
- Vol. 2 – Acoustic
- Vol. 3 – Optica
- Vol. 4 – Optics of Minerals and Diamond
- Vol. 5 – Physics of Crystals
- Vol. 6 – Floral Colours and Visual Perception
Honours and awards
Raman was honoured with a large number of honorary doctorates and memberships of scientific societies.
- He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society early in his career (1924) and knighted in 1929.
- In 1930 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
- In 1941 he was awarded the Franklin Medal.
- In 1954 he was awarded the Bharat Ratna.
- He was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1957. In 1998, the American Chemical Society and Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science recognised Raman's discovery as an International Historic Chemical Landmark.
Archive of Raman Research Papers
At the end of October 1970, he collapsed in his laboratory, the valves of his heart having given way. He was moved to hospital and the doctors gave him four hours to live. He survived and after a few days refused to stay in the hospital as he preferred to die in the gardens of his Institute surrounded by his flowers.
Two days before Raman died, he told one of his former students, "Do not allow the journals of the Academy to die, for they are the sensitive indicators of the quality of science being done in the country and whether science is taking root in it or not." That same evening, Raman met with the Board of Management of his Institute and discussed (from his bed) with them any proceedings with regards to the Institute’s management. Raman died from natural causes early next morning on 21 November 1970.
Posthumous recognition and contemporary references
- On 7 November 2013, A Google Doodle honoured Raman on the 125th anniversary of his birthday.
- A road in India's capital, New Delhi, is named C. V. Raman marg.
- An area in Bangalore near 16th cross road is called C. V. Raman nagar.
- The road running north of the national seminar complex in Bangalore is named C. V. Raman Road.
- A building at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore is named the Raman Building.
- Raman amplification
- Raman (crater)
- Raman laser
- Raman optical activity
- Raman Research Institute
- Resonance Raman spectroscopy
- The Nobel Prize in Physics 1930 Sir Venkata Raman, Official Nobel prize biography, nobelprize.org
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- G. Venkataraman, Journey into light: Life and Science of C. V. Raman, Indian Academy of Science, 1988. ISBN 818532400X.
- Prasar, Vigyan. "Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman A Legend of Modern Indian Science". Government of India. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
- This Month in Physics History February 1928: Raman scattering discovered APS News Archives February 2009 vol.18 no.2
- "Raman Effect Visualized". Retrieved 15 May 2014.
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- G. Venkataraman (1995), Raman and His Effect, Orient Blackswan, p. 50, ISBN 9788173710087
- "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1930". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
- Nature Physics Portal
- Raman, C.V. & Sivakali Kumar (1920). "Musical drums with harmonic overtones". Nature 104 (2620): 500.
- Raman, C.V. (1922). "On whispering galleries". Bulletin of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science 7: 159–172.
- C. V. Raman, N. S. Nagendra Nath, "The diffraction of light by high frequency sound waves. Part I", Proc. Ind. Acad. Sci., 1935
- "Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (1876-)". Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science.
- "About us". TCM Limited - Official website. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Parameswaran, Umma (2011). C.V.Raman : A biography. India: Penguin. ISBN 0143066897.
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- "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2007)" (pdf). Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
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- The Raman papers archive curated by Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India. C.V. Raman and his work
- "Google doodle to honour Dr. C.V.Raman". Uncle Penkle website. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "C.V. Raman's 125th Birthday". Google. 7 November 2013.
- "Google doodle honours Indian physist Dr. C. V. Raman". Times Feed. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "C.V.Raman Marg". New Delhi. Wikimapia. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
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- "Center of Nano science and engineering". Indian Institute of Sciences. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
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- Ramaseshan S: C.V.Raman. Journal of Madras University, section B, Sept.1983, 46(1): 1–16.
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- Sri Kantha S: The discovery of the Raman Effect and its impact in Biological Sciences. European Spectroscopy News, Aug/Sept. 1988, no.80, 20, 22, 24 & 26.
- Sri Kantha S: Raman's prize. Nature, 1989; 340: 672.
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- "CV Raman centennial issue". Journal of the Indian Institute of Science 68 (11–12). 1988.
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