Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (October 19, 1910 - August 21, 1995) was an Indian physicist, astrophysicist and mathematician.

He was born in Lahore, British India (now Pakistan).

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for his studies on the physical processes important to the structure and evolution of stars.

He served on the Chicago faculty from 1937 until his death in 1995 at the age of 84.

In 1999, NASA named the third of its four 'Great Observatories' after Chandrasekhar. This followed a naming contest which attracted 6,000 entries from fifty states and sixty-one countries. The Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched and deployed by Space Shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999.

Chandrasekhar was the nephew of Nobel-prize winning physicist C V Raman.

See also

Chandrasekhar limit

External link

Harvard's site on Chandrasekhar Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar