It’s raining international awards for Indian scientists this season.
C. N. R. Rao, Linus Pauling research professor and honorary president of the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore has been conferred the 2011 Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize. Adding to his rich repertoire of achievements, Rao got the prize designed to give international recognition and visibility to eminent scientists in the developing world. The USD100,000 cash award is instituted by coffee maker illycaffè and is supported by the Ernesto Illy Foundation. This year’s award was given in the field of materials science.
S.K. Satheesh of the Indian Institute of Science’s Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in Bangalore, shared the 2011 TWAS Prize for earth sciences with WU Fuyuan of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics (IGG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing, China. Satheesh’s work on the impact of atmospheric aerosols on the radiation balance of the Earth-atmosphere system and climate have been recognised with this the award.
Thanu Padmanabhan of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Pune Universityis has also recieved the 2011 TWAS Prize in physics. He is recognized for developing a thermodynamical perspective in which gravity arises as an emergent phenomenon and for contributing significantly to the understanding of dark energy. The TWAS Prize carries a cash award of USD15,000. The winners will lecture about their research at TWAS’s 23rd General Meeting in 2012, where they will also receive a medal and the prize money.
Nice beginning to the awards season for Indian scientists!