Lady Raman(Lokasundari Raman)

“Against all conventions of the time, Raman arranged his own marriage with Lokasundari, who was then 13 years old. The story is that on the first occasion he saw her, she was playing on the veena the ‘Thyagaraja Keerthana’, Rama Ni Samanam Evaro.

SOURCE : DECCAN HERALD

Sir Raman's wife

After reading a couple of articles on C V Raman in Deccan Herald, I thought it would be a good idea to remember his wife Lady Lokasundari Raman. As the well known saying goes, ‘Behind every great man there is a woman!’ He used to call her ‘Logum’ but always referred to her in public as ‘Lady Raman’.

Here I quote from the first Raman Memorial Lecture held in 1978 at the Indian Institute of Science. It was given by Prof S Ramaseshan.

“Against all conventions of the time, Raman arranged his own marriage with Lokasundari, who was then 13 years old. The story is that on the first occasion he saw her, she was playing on the veena the ‘Thyagaraja Keerthana’, Rama Ni Samanam Evaro. We shall never know whether it was by intent or by accident! Anyway, she insists that she still does not know if Raman married her for the extra Rs 150 the Finance Department gave to its married officers! He had joined the Finance Department as Assistant Accountant General, Calcutta. He was then 18 1/2 years old.”

What a hectic life it must have been for her to be married to a whirlwind personality like Raman! Young Lokasundari tells of the routine of her husband: At 5.30 am, he goes to the the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, returns at 9.45 am, bathes, gulps down his food, leaves for the office by taxi so as not to be late. On his way back in the evening, he goes to the association to continue his scientific work and returns at 10 pm. Sundays were spent at the association.

Saturn has new Rings !!

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has found two new, partial rings around Saturn that each accompany a small moon, shedding light on what determines whether a partial or complete ring forms with the moon.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has found two new, partial rings around Saturn that each accompany a small moon, shedding light on what determines whether a partial or complete ring forms with the moon.

The partial rings, called ring arcs, extend ahead of and behind the small Saturnian moons Anthe and Methone in their orbits.

Both Anthe and Methone orbit Saturn in locations called resonances, where the gravity of the nearby larger moon Mimas disturbs their orbits. Mimas provides a regular gravitational tug on each moon, which causes the moons to skip forward and backward within an arc-shaped region along their orbital paths, said Nick Cooper of Queen Mary, University of London an a member of the Cassini imaging team.

Scientists believe that the faint ring arcs likely consist of material knocked off the small moons by micrometeoroid impacts. The material doesn’t spread all the way around Saturn to form a complete ring because the interactions of the moons with Mimas confine the material to a narrow region along the moons’ orbits.

Dark Halos Discovered on Mercury

Scientists studying the harvest of photos from the MESSENGER spacecraft’s flyby of Mercury have found several craters with strange dark halos and one crater with a spectacularly shiny bottom

Scientists studying the harvest of photos from the MESSENGER spacecraft’s flyby A picture of two craters in Caloris Basin of Mercury have found several craters with strange dark halos and one crater with a spectacularly shiny bottom.

The Layer Cake Theory and The Impact Glass Model are the possible explations given.

Large Hadron Collider a grand Success

It came.. I saw.. it collided.. The First Beam of the large Hadron collider has been a grand success.. It has been more than 20years of hard work put into it. A promising future lies ahead fot the project and the humanity.

It came.. I saw.. it collided.. The First Beam of the large Hadron collider has been a grand success.. It has been more than 20years of hard work put into it. A promising future lies ahead fot the project and the humanity. I’m also very happy to find that a lot of contributions have been made from the Indian Scientist as well.