It was no wonder when the nephew of a great scientist like Sir C.V. Raman also chose the same path of discovery as a profession. He formed a theory based on his study of stars and put it up to the Royal Astronomical Society in 1935. It was ridiculed and rejected. But Chandrasekhar did not give up and put his theory in form of a book. He migrated to the United States in 1937 and became a professor in the University of Chicago. He wrote many books on his subject that are studied by students all over the world.
On October 19, 1983, about fifty years after his thesis, Dr. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for the same ‘ridiculed’ work. He was honoured for developing a mathematical theory that was named Chandrasekhar Limit after him. It is matter of pride for our country that the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States has named its best observatory in space after this great Indian scientist.