Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar was an Indian-American astrophysicist.

He spent most of his career in the United States and shared the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics with William A. Fowler.

His research focused on the physical processes that influence the structure and evolution of stars.


Chandrasekhar was born in Lahore, British India, his parents, Sita Balakrishnan and Chandrasekhara Subrahmanya Ayyar, were both highly educated.

His mother translated literary works into Tamil and he was educated by his parents and private tutors.


He attended Hindu High School and then Presidency College, and received a scholarship to the University of Cambridge.

After his studies, Chandra returned home to India and married Lalitha Doraiswamy on 11 September 1936.

Chandra continued his research on stellar structure and evolution and also studied the transfer of energy within stars.


In 1983, Chandrasekhar received the Nobel Prize in Physics and was one of the few scientists to be awarded the prize for work on astrophysics.

He won the prize for his work on the structure of stars and the evolution of stars.