Google on Thursday celebrated the 107th birth anniversary of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, India’s nobel prize winning astrophysicist and mathematician, with a doodle. Chandrasekhar, born in Lahore (now Pakistan) on October 19, 1910, was one of 10 children born to C Subrahmanyan Ayyar who worked with the Northwestern Railways. Nobel prize winner physicist C V Raman was his paternal uncle.
At an early age, Chandrasekhar decided that he wanted to be a scientist. He was tutored at home in Mathematics and Physics and went on to pursue a Bachelors degree in Physics from the Presidency College in Madras in 1930. He completed his PhD degree from Cambridge in 1933.
Chandrasekhar won the Physics Nobel Prize in 1983 along with William A Fowler. It was his studies on the physical processes important to the structure and evolution of stars that earned him the honour. One of Chandrashekhar’s most celebrated works concerned the radiation of energy from dying stars which were known as ‘white stars’. In his own words, he was motivated ‘principally by a quest after perspectives’.
S Chandrasekhar died on 1995 in Chicago at the age of 84 years.