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Saha, Meghnad

Saha, Meghnad māgnäd´ sä´hä [key], 1893–1956, Indian physicist. He was a professor at Allahabad Univ. from 1923 to 1938 and a professor and physics department head at Calcutta Univ. from 1938. His theory of high-temperature ionization of elements and its application to stellar atmospheres, expressed in the Saha equation, is fundamental to modern astrophysics subsequent development of his ideas has led to increased knowledge of the pressure and temperature distributions of stellar atmospheres.

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