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Sunday, November 17, 2013

We all know about Sachin, but do you know Dr. CNR Rao the Bharat Ratna Awardee?

There has been a lot of “Sachin – Sachin” Buzz around. Sachin’s last test match, Sachin’s speech, Sachin’s farewell, Sachin receiving Bharat Ratna, etc Well deserved Sachin! A great cricketer, infact one of its kind that ever played on Earth. But do you think he is the only one on the planet currently right now who deserved such a novel treatment? Is cricket the only thing that we Indians care about? Or we have lost respect for other talents and geniuses? Well, let me introduce you to this guy who is not at all related to any sports field or to any thing that stands in limelight or deals with fame. And you decide whether this guy deserves the respect similar to Master Blaster or not.

Let’s play a game.

Let us see how much you know about this man. I ‘ll give a hint and you try to guess. Fine? No Googling!

Hint 1: Where is he from?

Bangalore is HIS birth place.

Hint 2: When was he born?

30 June, 1934

That means he is quite old now. No! His is not dead. He is still alive!

Hint 3: Is he been in any kind of controversies?

Yes. He was accused of indulging and allowing plagiarism which he refused.

Bad Hint! I know.

Hint 4: What field is he related to?


Hint 5: What is he known for?

Solid-state chemistry and Materials science.

He is one of the world’s foremost solid state and materials chemists.

His work on transition metal oxides has led to basic understanding of novel phenomena and the relationship between materials properties and the structural chemistry of these materials.

He is the author of around 1500 research papers. He has authored and edited 45 books.

Hint 6: What is he currently doing?

The list is long but to cut short it,

He is currently the National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor, Founder and Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore.

He is the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Indian Prime Minister.

He is also the director of the International Centre for Materials Science( ICMS) .

Hint 7: How educated his is?

Oh you would be fascinated and thrilled to know how many degrees he posses.

M.Sc.( Banaras), D.Sc.( Mysore),Ph.D.( Purdue)

And about 60 Honorary Doctorates from

Foreign Universities

D.Sc.( honoris causa) St. Andrews, Bordeaux, Caen, Colorado, Khartoum, Liverpool, Northwestern, Novosibirsk, Oxford, Purdue, Stellenbosch, Université Joseph Fourier, Wales, Wroclaw and RAS( SB); Sc.D( honoris causa) Notre Dame; Fil. Dr.( honoris causa) Upp.

Indian Universities

D.Sc.( honoris causa) Aligarh, Anna, Andhra, Banaras, Bengal Engineering, Bangalore, Burdwan, Bundelkhand, Delhi, Hyderabad, IGNOU Universities, IISER( Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali & Pune), IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT New Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological, Kalyani, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Kuvempu, Lucknow, Mangalore, Manipur, Mysore, Osmania, Panjab, Roorkee, Sikkim Manipal, SRM, Tumkur, Uttar Pradesh Technological, Sri Venkateswara, Vidyasagar, Visveswaraya Technological Universities, LL.D( honoris Causa) SV University; D.Litt.( KSOU); Nadoja( Hampi); Desikottama( Vishva-Bharathi) .

Hint 8: Awards

One might fall asleep while reading about the awards this guy has received.

26 International, 9 National and 92 other awards and recognitions.

Hint 9: What is so special about him?

Most of the scientists of his time have chosen retirement but this guy against all odds and have overcome the fatigue and age barriers and cannot stop him from reinventing himself.

His mantra for success has been as simple as that of a child. Unlike others who blame the system and society for failure, this guy believes

“In India, if you work hard you will get major results”

Awwarded with Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan and Karnataka Ratna earlier, CHINTAMANI NAGESA RAMACHANDRA RAO, a pioneer whose most work is ahead of the curve, has been finally been selected for Bharat Ratna on Nov 16, 2013 by Government of India.

Some say, What Sachin( 40 and retired) is to Cricket, CNR Rao is to the world of science( 79 and still not out)!

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