Subrahmanijan Chandrasekhar


Born
in Lahore, India
October 19, 1910

Died
August 21, 1995

Genre

Influences


Also spelled as Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar.

Born in Lahore (Punjab), he was the nephew of Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (1888-1970), winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930. His main interests were in astrophysics and hydrodynamics: he studied the stellar structure and evolution and developed a theoretical model to explain the physical nature of white dwarf starts. He worked at the University of Cambridge and at the University of Chicago. In 1953 he became a naturalized citizen of the USA. He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1983, sharing it with William A. Fowler, "for his theoretical studies of the physical processes of importance to the structure and evolution of the stars".

Chandrasekhar wrote many textbooks of physics and some
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Truth and Beauty: Aesthetic...

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Newton's Principia for the ...

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An Introduction to the Stud...

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The Mathematical Theory of ...

4.21 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1983 — 4 editions
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Hydrodynamic and Hydromagne...

4.45 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1981 — 4 editions
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Radiative Transfer

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Ellipsoidal Figures of Equi...

4.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1970 — 2 editions
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Principles of Stellar Dynamics

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Infant Mortality, Populatio...

3.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1972 — 11 editions
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Hungry People and Empty Lands

4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2011 — 7 editions
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“In some strange way, any new fact or insight that I may have found has not seemed to me as a “discovery” of mine, but rather something that had always been there and that I had chanced to pick up.”
Subrahmanijan Chandrasekhar

“The pursuit of science has often been compared to the scaling of mountains, high and not so high. But who amongst us can hope, even in imagination, to scale the Everest and reach its summit when the sky is blue and the air is still, and in the stillness of the air survey the entire Himalayan range in the dazzling white of the snow stretching to infinity? None of us can hope for a comparable vision of nature and of the universe around us. But there is nothing mean or lowly in standing in the valley below and awaiting the sun to rise over Kinchinjunga.”
Subrahmanijan Chandrasekhar, Truth and Beauty: Aesthetics and Motivations in Science

“I am not religious in any sense; in fact, I consider myself an atheist.”
Subrahmanijan Chandrasekhar