February is often called the month of love. But for our survival, we also need to know how science works.
‘All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike–and yet it is the most precious thing we have.’ – Albert Einstein
In the way of celebrating science, discoveries, and scientists, 28 February is celebrated as National Science Day, to mark the discovery of Sir C.V. Raman’s ‘Raman Effect’.
‘In the history of science, we often find that the study of some natural phenomenon has been the starting point in the development of a new branch of knowledge.’ – SIR C. V. RAMAN
Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman was born on 7 November 1888, Trichy, Madras Presidency. His most notable contribution to science is his discovery of the Raman Effect. The change in the wavelength of light by the molecules of the transparent medium that it passes through is called the Raman Effect. He discovered this Effect on 28 February 1928 and was awarded Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930. He was the second Indian to receive it and before him, Rabindranath Tagore had been the only Indian to win this prestigious award. He was elected a Fellow of Royal Society in 1924.
In 1986, National Council for Science and Technology (NCSTC) designated 28 February to be celebrated as National Science Day and ever since, every year it is celebrated by science institutes and schools across the nation through seminars, quiz, and exhibition of science projects.