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Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

1910 - 1995

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, 1910 - 1995, Indian astrophysicist

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, 1910 - 1995, was an Indian astrophysicist, born in Punjab, and worked in the USA. He made significant contributions to many fields, including General Relativity and Black Holes.

  • Nationality
  • Indian

  • Subject
  • Astrophysics

  • Distinctions
  • Nobel Prize for Physics, 1983, for his work on the evolution and structure of stars.

    Several medals and awards, including the Copley Medal, 1984

  • Posts
  • University of Chicago, 1937 - 1995.

    Yerkes Observatory.

    Editor of The Astrophysical Journal, 1952 - 1971.

  • Laws
  • Chandrasekhar limit: the mass of a white dwarf cannot exceed 1.44 solar masses.

    Schönberg–Chandrasekhar limit

    Chandrasekhar number

  • Theories
  • Chandrasekhar developed a theory on the evolutionary stages of massive stars and black holes.

    Fields: stellar structure, white dwarfs, radiative transfer, quantum theory of the hydrogen anion, stability of hydrodynamic and hydromagnetic systems.

    He extended Einstein's General Relativity with mathematical models of black holes and gravitational waves.

Subrahmanyan's uncle, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, also received the Nobel Prize for Physics, in 1930. After different times, he studied with Max Born, Paul Dirac, and Niels Bohr. His theory of a maximum size of white dwarf stars, the Chandrasekhar limit, was rejected by Arthur Eddington, but was eventually accepted.

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