Indian sociobiologist Raghavendra Gadagkar was on 7 August 2015 awarded with the Germany's highest civilian honour Cross of Order of the Merit at the German Consulate in Bengaluru.
He was bestowed with the honour for his contribution in the field of behavioural ecology and sociobiology and for strengthening research corporation between India and Germany.
Currently, Gadagkar is a professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He is also the president of the Indian National Science Academy and has published more than 270 research papers and two books.
His first book, Survival Strategies, has been translated into Chinese and Korean. He was also the founding Chair person of the Centre for Contemporary Studies, established at IISc in 2004.
About Cross of Order of the Merit
• The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was instituted in 1951 by Federal President Theodor Heuss.
• This accolade is awarded by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany for outstanding achievements in political, economical, cultural, intellectual, and volunteering fields.
• The Order of Merit may be awarded to Germans as well as to foreigners. No pecuniary reward is attached with the award.
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Who: Raghavendra Gadagkar
When: 7 August 2015