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Indian Origin Scientists elected as Fellows of UK Royal Society

May 8, 2017 16:00 IST

Three Indian Scientist Krishna Chatterjee, Subhash Khot and Yadvinder Malhi were on 5 May 2017 elected as the Fellows of The Royal Society, a premier scientific academy of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, for their outstanding contributions to science.

Krishna Chatterjee from Cambridge University was recognised for his discoveries of genetic disorders of thyroid gland formation, regulation of hormone synthesis and hormone action. He was responsible for the development of Clinical Research Facilities at the University of Cambridge.

Subhash Khot of New York University was credited for throwing insight into unresolved problems in the field of computational complexity. He is a theoretical computer scientist who is known for his definition of the “Unique Games” problem.

Yadvinder Malhi
is an ecosystem ecologist from Oxford University who is recognised for his works on understanding the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems and its response to the pressures of global change, including climate change, degradation and loss of large animals.

The Royal Society is headed by Nobel winner Venki Ramakrishnan.

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About the Royal Society of UK
• The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship society of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, medicine and engineering.
• The Royal Society elects eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth as the Fellows every year.
• It was established in 1660 and since its foundation, around 8000 Fellows have been elected till date.
• First Indian to get elected as a Fellow was Ardaseer Cursetjee, an engineer, in 1841 and the second one was Srinivasa Ramanujan, autodidact mathematician in 1918.

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