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Authorised form of nameSaha; Meghnad N (?1893 - 1956)
SurnameSaha
ForenamesMeghnad N
Dates?1893 - 1956
NationalityIndian
Dates and placesBirth:
Scoratali, Dacca district, India (now Bangladesh) (06 October 1893 or 06 October 1894)
Death:
New Delhi, India (16 February 1956)
ActivityResearch Field:
Theoretical physics
Education:
DSc
Career:
Professor of Physics, University of Allahabad
Wanted to set up a modern research laboratory in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), but was not very successful. Moved to Allahabad University but returned in 1938. Became interested in nuclear physics; established Institute of Nuclear Physics which was later named after him as Saha Institute of Nuclear Pysics (1947). Took the first step to include nuclear physics in the higher studies of science. In order to develop and popularise science, he even went into politics and was elected Member of Parliament in 1951.
Professor Meghnad Desai,
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
12/05/1927
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
Obituaries:
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1959 vol 5 pp 217-236, plate, by D S Kothari
R Singh and F Riess, 'The nobel laureate Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman FRS and his contacts with the British Scientific community in a social and political context' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 47-64
R Singh 'India's Physics and Chemistry Nobel Prize nominators and nominees in colonial and international context' NR 2007 Vol 61 pp 333-346
Notes:
DSB gives death date as 06 October 1894
Royal Society codeNA5336
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/003980Saha, Megnad Nnd
RR/26/128Referee's report by Arthur Stanley Eddington, on a paper 'On a physical theory of stellar spectra' by Meghnad N Saha[January 1921]
RR/26/129Referee's report by Frederick Alexander Lindemann, Viscount Cherwell, on a paper 'On a physical theory of stellar spectra' by Meghnad N Saha[February 1921]
RR/39/107Referee's report by Ralph Howard Fowler, on a paper 'New methods in statistical mechanic' by Meghnad Saha and Ramesh Chandra[April 1929]
RR/39/106Referee's report by Charles Galton Darwin, on a paper 'New methods in statistical mechanic' by Meghnad Saha and Ramesh Chandra[May 1929]
RR/42/41Referee's report by Charles Galton Darwin, on a paper 'The distribution of intensity amongst the fine structure components of series lines of hydrogen and ionised helium according to Dirac's theory of the electron' by Meghnad SalaSeptember 1930
RR/62/3Second referee's report by Sydney Chapman, on a paper 'On the action of ultra-violet sunlight upon the upper atmosphere' by Meghnad N Saha[February 1937]
RR/62/2Referee's report by Owen Willans Richardson, on a paper 'On the action of ultra-violet sunlight upon the upper atmosphere' by Meghnad N Saha[November 1936]
NLB/65/204Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Meghnad N.] Saha; University College of Science, Calcutta19 September 1923
RR/66/323Second letter to Meghnad N Saha, regarding two papers 'A spectroscopic investigation of hydrocarbon flames' and 'Spectroscopic observations on hydrocarbon flames in atomic oxygen' by W M Vaidya26 June 1940
RR/66/328Third letter to Meghnad N Saha, regarding two papers 'A spectroscopic investigation of hydrocarbon flames' and 'Spectroscopic observations on hydrocarbon flames in atomic oxygen' by W M Vaidya30 December 1940
RR/66/327Letter from Meghnad N Saha, regarding two papers 'A spectroscopic investigation of hydrocarbon flames' and 'Spectroscopic observations on hydrocarbon flames in atomic oxygen' by W M Vaidya6 November 1940
NLB/65/201Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Alfred] Fowler, FRS19 September 1923
NLB/70/600Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Meghnad] Saha, FRS1 June 1927
NLB/71/700Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Prof. [Meghnad] N. Saha8 October 1928
PB/1/33/1/10Nobel Prize1948
EC/1927/12Saha, Meghnad N: certificate of election to the Royal Society
RR/62/1Referee's report by Sydney Chapman, on a paper 'On the action of ultra-violet sunlight upon the upper atmosphere' by Meghnad N Saha[November 1936]
RR/62/4Referee's report by Gordon Miller Bourne Dobson, on a paper 'On the action of ultra-violet sunlight upon the upper atmosphere' by Meghnad N Saha[September 1936]
RR/66/326Letter to Meghnad N Saha, regarding two papers 'A spectroscopic investigation of hydrocarbon flames' and 'Spectroscopic observations on hydrocarbon flames in atomic oxygen' by W M Vaidya27 October 1939
RR/62/5Referee's report by Edward Victor Appleton, on a paper 'On the action of ultra-violet sunlight upon the upper atmosphere' by Meghnad N Saha[September 1936]
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