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National Science Day: A Day To Celebrate Scientist CV Raman’s Discovery

Every year  28th  February brings a day to commemorate an important discovery made by the legendary Indian physicist C V Raman.

CV Raman was born on November 7, 1888. He was a Tamil physicist who carried out ground-breaking work in the field of light scattering.

CV Raman was educated entirely in India, C V Raman’s expertise were acoustic vibrations — sounds of string instruments like the violin, the veena and two signature Indian percussion instruments — the tabla and mridangam.

CV Raman made his first trip to London in 1921 to collaborate on a study with two internationally famous British scientists — J J Thomson and Lord Rutherford.

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On this day CV Raman discovered the Raman Effect in the year 1928. For his discovery, Sir CV Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930. Apart from getting Nobel Prize for Physics, India honoured him with its highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna in 1954.

CV Raman was a great thinker as well.

An advocate of mother tongues, Raman had once said, “We must teach science in the mother tongue. Otherwise, science will become a highbrow activity. It will not be an activity in which all people can participate.”

He also did not put much stock on money a nation had instead he said, “The true wealth of a nation consists not in the stored- up gold but in the intellectual and physical strength of its people.”

CV Raman was also heavily inspired by nature. “Science is a fusion of man’s aesthetic and intellectual functions devoted to the representations of nature. It is therefore the highest form of creative art,” he had famously said.

“Ask the right questions, and nature will open the doors to her secrets,” this quote by Raman remains the most prominent one.

The importance of National Science Day:
Science and technology should be applied in daily life – that’s the message that National Science Day spreads every year. The day brings scientists and science lovers together as various programmes are organised to bring the scientific community closer. Educational institutes organise science fairs and researchers get a chance to showcase their latest discoveries.
This year the theme for the National Science Day is: Science for people and people for science. Last year’s theme was “Science and Technology for a sustainable future.”

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