05-10-2017 07:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
First Asian to be chosen for prestigious Von Hippel Award
Eminent scientist, Professor C.N.R. Rao has become the first person from Asia to be chosen for the prestigious Von Hippel Award which is the US-based Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honour.
The Bharat Ratna awardee has been selected for the award for his immense contribution in materials research. According to MRS, the award recognises “those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers - brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with a vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines.”
Mr. Rao has been bestowed with this honour for his immense work on novel functional materials, including nanomaterials (having particles of nanoscale dimensions), graphene (the strongest and thinnest material) and 2D materials, superconductivity, and colossal magnetoresistance (change in electrical resistance of a material in a magnetic field).
The award ceremony will be held in Boston on November 29. The award includes a cash prize, trophy and a diploma.
C.N.R. Rao has honorary doctorates from 60 universities from around the world. He has authored around 1,500 research papers and 45 scientific books.
He is the founder president of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He also serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.
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