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Colloquium March 4, 2011

Mar 1, 2011

Life and Scientific Contributions of
S. Chandrasekhar

Speaker: Professor Kishor Kapale
Date: March 04, 2011 (Friday)
Time: 4 PM
Room: 205 Currens Hall

In this talk I will discuss my early encounter with the story of S. Chandrasekhar and his scientific legacy as I was just beginning my scientific career back in India in 1997. One of the prominent question I had at the time was how can an Indian--in 1929 during the British control of India and at the tender age of 19--create Nobel prize winning work. My interest in the question resurfaced as I recently attended a conference in Chicago on the occasion of Chandra's birth centennial. I found my answer to the question through some of the talks at the conference and after reading Chandra's biography. It was an exhilarating and motivating experience for me. The primary aim behind this talk is to share this experience with the audience, especially the students, with the hope that it will be motivating and educational. You will also hear a bit about the history of pre-independence India, state of physics at the time and Chandra's scientific contributions and his legacy.

About the speaker:
Professor Kishor Kapale is a physics professor from the Department of Physics, Western Illinois University. Professor Kapale is a theoretical physicist whose research focuses on quantum optics, atom optics, quantum information theory and applied quantum physics.

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