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A a young boy, astrophysicist and mathematician Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar had a deep desire to be like Isaac Newton. Often, he used to go to the beach alone, and pray: ‘Oh God, may I be like Newton!’(Illustration: Rushikesh Tulshiram Gophane)

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar: A shining star of astrophysics

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 10:03 AM IST
This great astrophysicist strongly influenced our understanding of stellar objects, black holes, white dwarfs and conducted remarkable work on Newton’s seminal work titled Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
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This handout photo released by NASA shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe onboard at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, on August 12, 2018.(AFP)
This handout photo released by NASA shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe onboard at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, on August 12, 2018.(AFP)

Indian American physicist helped lay foundation for NASA’s mission to ‘touch’ the Sun

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 03:03 PM IST
Astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar’s intervention in allowing a research paper on ‘solar winds’ to be published has helped make Dr Eugene Newman Parker the first living scientist after whom a mission has been named.
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