Material relating to Pontecorvo's research trip to India in 1982-1983

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence relating to the Raman Professorship and the programme for Pontecorvo's trip, as well as some presscutting and corresondence on his alpine research.

Administrative / Biographical History

Pontecorvo was an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and came to Bangalore in 1982-1983 as Raman Professor of the Academy where he also delivered the Gandhi Memorial Lecture. The Indian Academy of Sciences in Bangalore was founded by the Indian physicist, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (1888-1970), and was registered as a Society on 24 April 1934. Raman's work was influential in the growth of science in India. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930 for the discovery that when light traverses a transparent material, some of the light that is deflected changes in wavelength. The Government of India instituted the Raman Chair in 1972 to commemorate the memory Raman. Eminent scientists are invited by the Council of the Academy to occupy the Chair, for periods of between six weeks and six months.



Related Material

UGC 198/10/1/1/30-31, photographs of Pontecorvo during his visit to India to give the Ghandi Memorial Lecture at the Raman Research Unit in Bangalore, January 1983.