Features Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute| February 13, 2014| 4.20 pm IST Walking into the C.V. Raman institute in Bangalore (Karnataka) is to be transported to another world. Tree-lined paths, spruced gardens and spanking clean buildings all bear testimony to the man who till date remains the only Indian scientist to have received the Nobel Prize in 1930. Raman is supposed to have noticed the scattering of light in the Mediterranean seas during one of trips from abroad and worked on it leading to the prestigious recognition. The research work was conducted in Calcutta. Raman often walked around his institute with his spectroscope, sometimes inviting others to look at flowers and stones through them. The Raman museum has a spectacular collection of stones from all the world selected personally by him from places as far as Brazil, China and Poland. His diamond collection remains a treasure. Few Indians know that the Raman Institute also has a gem museum. Raman (1888-1970) was cremated in the lawns of his institute. It was an undone thing, a taboo and there was resistance. His brother-in-law Dr. K. Ramaiah, himself a scientist (father of India's Green revolution) and a Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka persuaded the then Chief Minister Virendra Patil to grant the scientist's last will. At a time when Make in India and the importance of science is high on the political agenda, the visit to the Institute will be a ready reckoner for where Indians were some 100 years ago. Watch Sir Martyn Poliakoff, a British chemist, walk us through CV Raman institute as part of a series of over 500 short videos called The Periodic Table of Videos, a popular science project. Here are three videos that tell his story.

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