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Meghnad Saha

Physicist
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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Scientists
Residence: Shaoratoli, Dhaka, Bangladesh, British India
Country: Indian
BirthDay: 6 October 1893
Sigh: Scorpio
Died On: February 16, 1956
BIOGRAPHY

Meghnad Saha was bornon 6 October 1893 in Shaoratoli, Dhaka, Bangladesh, British India, Indian, is Physicist. Meghnad Saha was an eminent Indian astrophysicist who gave the world the theory of ionization which explained the origin of stellar spectra. By becoming one of the world’s most renowned scientists of his time, Meghnad Saha came a long way from his humble beginnings in a small village. Born into a poor family, he struggled to get primary education. But the brilliant and hard working boy never gave up and rose to the heights of fame and glory through his unrelenting dedication and commitment towards science. Fate also played a role in his development as a scientist as he had the good fortune of being taught by prestigious teachers like Jagadish Chandra Bose and Prafulla Chandra Ray. He passed his college exams with honours and found a job in the University College of Science, Calcutta. He started his research at a time when he didn’t even have access to a well equipped laboratory or a research guide. Yet he went on to propound what became known as the Saha equation which is used to describe the chemical and physical conditions in stars.

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1938

In 1938, he became a professor of physics at the University of Calcutta

1935

He founded the Indian Science News Association at Calcutta in 1935 and the Institute of Nuclear Physics in 1950 founded the

1925

Over this period he gained a lot of recognition for his work in astrophysics and was made president of the physics section of the Indian Science Congress Association in 1925

1923

He joined the University of Allahabad in 1923 where he remained for the next 15 years

1920

He won the Griffith Prize of the Calcutta University in 1920 for his thesis

1919

He was awarded his Doctor of Science from the Calcutta University in 1919

1918

He married Radharani in 1918 and the couple was blessed with three sons and three daughters

1917

In 1917, he wrote a long essay on ‘Selective Radiation Pressure’ which he sent to the Astrophysical Journal for publication

1916

He got appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Applied Mathematics in 1916 in the University College of Science, Calcutta

1913

He earned his BSc in mathematics in 1913 and MSc in Applied Mathematics in 1915

1911

He passed the intermediate examination in 1911 and joined the Presidency College at Calcutta

1905

After passing out of middle school he went to Dhaka in 1905 where he joined the Collegiate School

20

Astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar paid his tribute to Saha years later stating that Saha’s ionization equation was a major achievement in 20th century Indian science, worthy of a Nobel Prize

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