C. V. Raman

1888 - 1970

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Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (; 7 November 1888 – 21 November 1970) was an Indian physicist known for his work in the field of light scattering. Using a spectrograph that he developed, he and his student K. S. Krishnan discovered that when light traverses a transparent material, the deflected light changes its wavelength. This phenomenon, a hitherto unknown type of scattering of light, which they called "modified scattering" was subsequently termed the Raman effect or Raman scattering. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of C. V. Raman has received more than 9,226,534 page views. His biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). C. V. Raman is the 125th most popular physicist (down from 99th in 2019), the 52nd most popular biography from India (down from 43rd in 2019) and the most popular Indian Physicist.

Raman was most famous for his discovery of the Raman Effect, which is the scattering of monochromatic light due to molecular vibrations.

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Among physicists, C. V. Raman ranks 125 out of 851Before him are K. Alex Müller, James Franck, Isamu Akasaki, Javier Solana, Isidor Isaac Rabi, and Julius von Mayer. After him are Val Logsdon Fitch, François Englert, Robert Coleman Richardson, Arno Allan Penzias, Frits Zernike, and Ernst Abbe.

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Among people born in 1888, C. V. Raman ranks 19Before him are Nestor Makhno, Jean Monnet, Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Raymond Chandler, John Logie Baird, and Roland Garros. After him are Herbert Spencer Gasser, Frits Zernike, Alexander Friedmann, Eugene O'Neill, Richard E. Byrd, and Friedrich Fromm. Among people deceased in 1970, C. V. Raman ranks 24Before him are Édouard Daladier, Paul Celan, Otto Heinrich Warburg, Rudolf Carnap, Semyon Timoshenko, and Leslie Groves. After him are Eric Berne, Jochen Rindt, Andrey Yeryomenko, Napoleon Hill, Vladimir Propp, and Artem Mikoyan.

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Among people born in India, C. V. Raman ranks 52 out of 1,861Before him are Ghalib (1797), Tipu Sultan (1750), Savitribai Phule (1831), Meera (1498), Augustus De Morgan (1806), and Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904). After him are Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856), Vallabhbhai Patel (1875), Harsha (590), Vyasa (-390), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924), and Zubin Mehta (1936).


Among physicists born in India, C. V. Raman ranks 1After him are Satyendra Nath Bose (1894), Anna Mani (1918), Abdul Qadeer Khan (1936), Homi J. Bhabha (1909), Vikram Sarabhai (1919), Jayant Narlikar (1938), Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893), Tom Kibble (1932), Raja Ramanna (1925), Daulat Singh Kothari (1906), and Abhay Ashtekar (1949).