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.
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.