Science Library - free educational site

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.






Latest Item on Science Library:

The most recent article is:

Fission

View this item in the topic:

Nuclear and Particle Physics

and many more articles in the subject:

Subject of the Week

Environment

Environmental Science is the most important of all sciences. As the world enters a phase of climate change, unprecedented biodiversity loss, pollution and human population growth, the management of our environment is vital for our futures. Learn about Environmental Science on ScienceLibrary.info.

Environmental Science

Great Scientists

Bernhard Riemann

1826 - 1866

Bernhard Riemann was a German mathematician whose revolutionary ideas of multi-dimensional space challenged Euclidean geometry perspectives, and ultimately led mathematics to radically new approaches, and found applications in many fields, such as General Relativity.

Bernhard Riemann, 1826 - 1866, German mathematician
Transalpine traduzioni

Quote of the day...

If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?

ZumGuy Internet Promotions

English language school