Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, US/Indian astrophysicist (Lahore, 19 October 1910 – Chicago, Illinois 21 August 1995) Nephew of Nobel Laureate physicist C.V. Raman ACHIEVEMENTS
Published nearly 400 papers and many books Determined maximum mass of a star that can support itself against its own gravity without the aid of heat known as Chandrasekhar limit (1930) Enunciated important theorems about cosmic masses stability under gravity, rotation and magnetic fields Discovered relativistic instability of radial oscillations in white dwarf stars Showed the phenomenon of dynamical friction Introduced the notion of a continuous distribution of matter with statistical fluctuations in density Introduced relaxation concept in stellar dynamics Developed postNewtonian approximation for treating the field equations of general relativity that became normal standard for computing gravitational waves in dynamical systems of massive particles
Performed the first estimates about the formation of chemical elements in stars (1942) with L.R. Henrick
Discovered tensor virial theorem Derivated a radiactive transfer equation HONORS Physics Nobel Prize (1983) Bruce Medal (1952) Asteroid 1958 Chandra EPONYMY ChandrasekharFriedmanSchultz instability (1970) ChandrasekharSchenberg limit (1942) Chandrasekhar bosonic mass WickChandrasekhar method Chandrasekhar number Chandrasekhar Hfunctions
ChandrasekharKendall modes (1936)
ChandrasekharMünch equation Chandrasekhar colliding wave plane Chandrasekhar variational principle Chandrasekhar virial equations Chandrasekhar tensor
Chandrasekhar friction

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