The Man of scattered Light

Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman

Masters in Arts from Presidency College, Madras, India.

Areas of Research

Research on Light scattering, Optics and Physics.

Select Honors

He won the Nobel prize in Physics (1930), received Bharat Ratna (1954), Knight Bachelor (1929), Hughes medal (1930), Lenin Peace Prize (1957).


He was a Fellow of Royal Society. In the year 1933, he became the first Indian director of Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore.

Best Remembered for

Raman Effect, which explains about the scattering of light in the atmosphere of the earth.

Summary of Research

Raman were conducting experiments on the scattering of light, from which he discovered the Raman effect. He also discovers the quantum photon spin, which further confirmed the quantum nature of light. Raman approached fundamental problems of crystal dynamics in a different manner, where he conducted research on the structure and properties of diamond, the structure and optical behavior of numerous iridescent substances. His further interests were the optics of colloids, electrical and magnetic anisotropy, and the physiology of human vision.