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Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995)

R. H. Garstang
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Vol. 109, No. 732 (1997 February), pp. 73-77
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40680875
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Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995)
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Abstract

With the passing of Chandrasekhar the astronomical community lost its most productive theoretical astrophysicist. His work covered stellar structure and white dwarf stars, stellar dynamics, the absorption coefficient of the negative hydrogen ion, radiative transfer, hydrodynamic and hydromagnetic stability, ellipsoidal figures of equilibrium, and black holes. Among his many awards and honors were the Nobel Prize in physics and the Bruce Medal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. I point out some highlights of his work, and add some notes based mainly on my personal experiences at Yerkes Observatory.

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