National Science Day is celebrated on February 28, every year. This day is celebrated to mark the everlasting contributions of Indian physicist Sir CV Raman.
It was on this day Sir CV Raman discovered the phenomenon of scattering of light in 1928 and also won a Nobel Prize in 1930 for it.
The relevance of this day lies in the fact that within a decade of his discovery, almost 2,000 research papers on this topic were written and published in reputed international journals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended his greetings to the nation today. CV Ram was not only a great scientist but also a brilliant student besides this he was also exposed to music, Sanskrit, literature, swimming and sports.
He also once said, ““I feel very strongly about textbooks. I think the only crime worse than reading one is to write one”.
He had worked from 1907 to 1933 at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, West Bengal in India during which he had researched on many topics of the Physics from which the Raman Effect became his great success and discovery which has been marked in the Indian history.
It was National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) that urged the government of India to designate February 28 as National Science Day in India.
From 2013, The Raman Effect has also been designated as an International Historic Chemical Landmark by The American Chemical Society.