Who was S. Chandrasekhar?
S. Chandrasekhar, whose complete name is Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar was an Indian astrophysicist and spent considerable time before moving to the UK (for Ph.D.) and then the US. His work on white dwarfs and black holes gave him much-needed recognition.
Why is Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of S. Chandrasekhar?
As we all know that Google used to celebrate the birth and death anniversary of people, places and things. S Chandrasekhar was born on today date, 107 years ago in Lahore (Pakistan), which was part of British India at that time in 1910.
His work which was recognized after 30 years and him one of the most famous Astrophysicist. According to the Open University, English astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington persuaded Chandrasekhar to present his findings at the Royal Astronomical Society in London on January 11, 1935.
Top 5 Unknown Facts about S. Chandrasekhar
- He was the niece of Sir CV Raman, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
- Chandrashekhar’s most celebrated works concerned the radiation of energy from dying stars which were known as ‘white stars’.
- During World War II, he was invited to join the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos to make a nuclear bomb, but delays in the processing of his security clearance prevented him from joining.
- When Chandrasekhar was 43, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society.
- In 1983, at 73 years of age, Chandrasekhar shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with William Fowler for his theoretical studies of the physical processes of importance to the structure and evolution of the stars.