Renowned scientist C N R Rao in September 2017 became the first Asian to be chosen for the Von Hippel Award.
Rao is chosen for the prestigious award for his immense contribution in materials research.
The award citation noted Rao’s 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 is the US-based Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honour.
Rao will be presented with the award on 29 November 2017 in Boston during an MRS meeting.
About C N R Rao
• Born on 30 June 1934, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao is an Indian chemist who has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry.
• At present, he serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.
• He has honorary doctorates from 60 universities from around the world.
• He has authored around 1500 research papers and 45 scientific books.
• In 2014, he was honoured with the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, making him the third scientist after C.V. Raman and A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to receive the award.
About Von Hippel Award
• The Von Hippel Award recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers, brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines.
• The Award is named after Arthur von Hippel, who was a pioneer in the study of dielectrics, semiconductors, ferromagnetics and ferroelectrics.
• The Award includes USD 10000 cash prize, honorary membership in MRS, and a trophy.
• The award is presented annually at the MRS Fall Meeting where the recipient is invited to speak at the Awards Ceremony.