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Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman M.A. [Physics]

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1930

Atomic Physicist. Molecular Diffraction of Light. Raman Effect. Structure, optical behaviour of iridescent substances. Acoustics, violin.

Raman lost Nobel Prize money to fraudulent financer. Meeting fraudster years later, he said: You deserve Nobel Prize for your cunning in duping Nobel Laureate!

Playful comment: Unfortunately Economics Nobel instituted later in 1969!


C.V. Raman lost the majority of his Nobel Prize money to a fraudulent financer. However, this blunder did not deter Raman's spirit. It is said that Raman would end up running into the fraudulent financer years later, and confronted him. He told the financier that he deserved a Nobel Prize for "his cunning in duping a Nobel Laurate". Source: C.V. Raman's biography by Uma Parameswaran.

Playful comment: Unfortunately Economics Nobel was instituted much later in 1969!


I have a feeling that if the women of India take to science and interest themselves in the progress and advance of science as well, they will achieve what even men have failed to do. Women have one quality--the quality of devotion. It is one of the most important passports to success in science. Let us therefore not imagine that intellect is a sole prerogative of males only in science. Source: Vigyan Prasar, Government of India.

When the Nobel award was announced I saw it as a personal triumph, an achievement for me and my collaborators -- a recognition for a very remarkable discovery, for reaching the goal I had pursued for 7 years. But when I sat in that crowded hall and I saw the sea of western faces surrounding me, and I, the only Indian, in my turban and closed coat, it dawned on me that I was really representing my people and my country. I felt truly humble when I received the Prize from King Gustav; it was a moment of great emotion but I could restrain myself.

Then I turned round and saw the British Union Jack under which I had been sitting and it was then that I realized that my poor country, India, did not even have a flag of her own - and it was this that triggered off my complete breakdown. Source: C.V. Raman's biography by Uma Parameswaran.

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Name: Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman
Birth: 7 November 1888, Tiruchirappalli, India
Death: 21 November 1970, Bengaluru, India
Institution: Calcutta University, Kolkata, India
Award: "for his work on the scattering of light and for the discovery of the effect named after him"
Subject: atomic physics, electromagnetism
Portion of cash: 1/1
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B.A., M.A. Physics: Presidency College, Madras.
B.A. 1904: first place, gold medal.
M.A. 1907: highest distinctions.
Research: optics and acoustics.