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Indian scientist wins prestigious Chinese award

January 24, 2013

Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, better known as CNR Rao, one of India’s most noted scientists was recently conferred one of China’s highest awards by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The 2012 Award for International Scientific Cooperation, given for boosting Sino-India scientific cooperation was conferred on the 78 year old scientist and advisor to the Indian Prime Minister.

“Rao is devoted to the research of solid-state and structural chemistry. He was awarded for his important contributions in boosting scientific cooperation between China and India, as well as raising the scientific capabilities of developing countries”, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted CAS as saying in a statement. One of three to be handed the award this year, Prof Rao has visited China several times in his illustrious career at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR).

An ardent believer in India’s scientific prowess equalling that of China’s, CNR Rao encouraged the improvement of facilities at educational institutions rearing the next generation of scientists. A huge contributor in the field of nanotechnology, Rao was invited to speak at multiple forums in China. His experiences in China, led him to encourage a renewed spirit in R&D in India. One of the pioneers who encouraged innovative thinking, Rao said that the Chinese were making rapid progress in nanotechnology with their contribution through research papers increasing every year. “Today, China is contributing 40 to 50 percent of the technology papers in the world, while India’s contribution is less than 10 percent, He told the Hindu in a 2006 interview

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