C. N. R. Rao Received Jewel of India

C. N. R. Rao Received Jewel of India

Author: ChemViews

Professor C. N. R. Rao, CSIR Centre for Excellence in Chemistry, Bangalore, India, has received India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India). Rao is an expert on solid state and materials chemistry and has influenced India’s science policy for four decades, with many of India’s scientific resources being developed due to his efforts.

C. N. R. Rao
, born in Bangalore, India, in 1934, obtained his bachelor’s degree from Mysore University, India, in 1951. After receiving his Masters degree from Banaras Hindu University, India, he went to Purdue University, USA, where he gained his Ph.D. In 1958, he began his academic career at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he stayed for three years. After working in the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, he returned to the Indian Institute of Science in 1976, where he set up a solid state and structural chemistry unit. He has since become an expert in solid state and materials chemistry.
Rao is currently director of the International Centre for Materials Science (ICMS), the National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor, and Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, which he founded in 1989.

He has received numerous awards and honors including: the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann-Denkmünze (2010) from the German Chemical Society (GDCh), the first International Prize for Materials Science from the Materials Research Society of India (MRSI; 2009), the Royal Medal by the Royal Society (2009), the India Science Award (2004), and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), London (2000).

Selected publications by Rao:


C. N. R. Rao, Ajay K. Sood
Published: 19 December 2012

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