Chandrasekhar, Subrahmanyan

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Chandrasekhar, Subrahmanyan Gender: M
born on 19 October 1910
Place Lahore, Pakistan, 31n35, 74e18
Timezone IST h5e30 (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Starkman
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Portrait of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar 
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Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
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Indian-American astrophysicist who, with William A. Fowler, won the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physics for key discoveries that led to the currently accepted theory on the later evolutionary stages of massive stars. The Chandrasekhar limit is named after him. Chandrasekhar was the nephew of Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930.

Chandrasekhar in distinct periods worked in various areas including stellar structure, theory of white dwarfs, stellar dynamics, theory of radiative transfer, quantum theory of the negative ion of Hydrogen, hydrodynamic and hydromagnetic stability, equilibrium and the stability of ellipsoidal figures of equilibrium, general relativity, mathematical theory of black holes and theory of colliding gravitational waves.

Chandrasekhar served on the University of Chicago faculty from 1937.

Chandrasekhar determined what is known as the Chandrasekhar limit—that a star having amass more than 1.44 times that of the Sun does not form a white dwarf but instead continues to collapse, blows off its gaseous envelope in a supernova explosion, and becomes a neutron star. An even more massive star continues to collapse and becomes a black hole. These calculations contributed to the eventual understanding of supernovas, neutron stars, and black holes.

He married 11 September 1936, childless.

Chandrasekhar died of a sudden heart attack at the University of Chicago Hospital on 21 August 1995.

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  • has other family relationship with Raman, C V (born 8 November 1888)


Source Notes

Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified it to 20.02.56 IST


  • Vocation : Science : Astronomy
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Chandrasekhar limit)