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Abstract Volume 8 Issue 6 (2003) pp 383-388

Raman: The Man and His Effect—A Diamond Anniversary Retrospect

George B. Kauffman

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published online: 20 November 2003

Abstract. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman and K. S. Krishna’s report in 1928 of the scattering of light, a discovery that earned Raman the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics, this article reviews Raman’s life and career, the circumstances of the discovery, its predecessors, the Nobel deliberations, and later developments and applications of the effect, which has evolved into a standard chemical method.

Key Words: Chemistry and History;  History of Physics; Nobel Prize; biography; analytical chemistry; organic chemistry; inorganic chemistry; physics; applications of discoveries; anniversaries.

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Issue date: December 1, 2003

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