Its the birth Centenary of a legend - Dr.Subramanyam Chandrasekhar

ChandrasekharComing October 19th is celebrated as the 100th birthday of Dr. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (October 19, 1910 – August 21, 1995), the Nobel laureate Indian American astrophysicist.  Chandrasekhar was tutored at home initially through middle school. Later he attended the Hindu High School, Madras  and then he studied at Presidency College, Chennai. In 1930,  Chandrasekhar went to pursue his graduate studies at the University of Cambridge with a  Government of India scholarship and became a research student of Professor R. H. Fowler. In 1933, Chandrasekhar was awarded his Ph.D. degree at Cambridge.

After studies, he was recruited as Assistant Professor in University of Chicago.He studied stellar structure, including the theory of white dwarfs and subsequently focused on stellar dynamics. Next, he concentrated on the theory of radiative transfer and the quantum theory of the negative ion of hydrogen. Then he studied the equilibrium and the stability of ellipsoidal figures of equilibrium, and also general relativity. He also studied the mathematical theory of black holes, and, finally, during the late 80s, he worked on the theory of colliding gravitational waves.

During his last years  Chandrasekhar worked on a project devoted to explaining the detailed geometric arguments in Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica using the language and methods of ordinary calculus and published the book Newton's Principia for the Common Reader, in 1995.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for his studies on the physical processes important to the structure and evolution of stars. The first Indian scientist to win a Nobel Prize, Sir C. V. Raman was his paternal uncle.

Chandrasekhar was an honorary member of the International Academy of Science. He also served as the editor of the Astrophysical Journal.

He died of heart failure in Chicago in 1995.

AASTRO will be organising various events commemorating Dr.Chandrashekhar through out the state.detailed info can be accessed from District Chapter co-ordinators

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