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September 1, 1995
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar 1910-1995
University of Chicago Press,
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On August 21, 1995 one of the greatest astrophysicists of modern times
passed away. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar was a creative, prolific genius
whose ability to combine mathematical precision with physical insight
changed humanity's view of stellar physics. His most famous discovery was
that not all stars end up as
white dwarf stars,
but those retaining mass above a certain limit - today known as
"Chandrasekhar's limit," undergo further collapse. His detailed
mathematical papers and
on a wide variety of astrophysical subjects,
including, for example, black holes, are classic references for research at
every level. Obituaries are available from the
of Chicago Press and
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