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Sahyadri College elated over Dan David Prize for C.N.R. Rao

By Pramod Mellegatti



C.N.R. Rao

SHIMOGA, APRIL 5. Sahyadri Science College here has a reason to feel proud and elated. C.N.R. Rao, one of its outstanding alumni and a scientist par excellence, has been selected for this year's prestigious Dan David Prize given by Tel Aviv University of Israel.

Every year, the subject of the award changes and for 2005 the prize is for research in materials science.

The citation says: "Rao is the world's foremost solid state and materials chemist."

The presentation ceremony will be held on May 23 in Tel Aviv.

Dr. Rao is the Chairman of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.

Dr. Rao, a Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Scientific Research in Bangalore, shares the prize with Robert Langer, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and George Whitesides of the Harvard University.

The award carries cash prize of $ 1 million (Rs. 4.5 crores) and a citation.

Dr. Rao has been selected for his outstanding, sustained contribution and discoveries in solid state and material chemistry.

Dr. Rao, a former Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, has been awarded the Indian Science Award, which is the highest national recognition for outstanding contribution to science.

The students and teachers of the Sahyadri Science College received the news of Dr. Rao being selected for the Dan David Award with a sense of jubilation.

Hoovaiah Gowda, college principal, said he was immensely happy to know that an old student of the college is the proud winner of the prestigious award.

He said that Dr. Rao, son of H. Nagesh Rao, a school teacher at the District Normal School here, joined the first year intermediate in the college in 1947. He studied here for two years.

He said that K.V. Subbanna, an eminent theatre personality and winner of the Magsaysay Award, was one of the contemporaries of Dr. Rao in college. Dr. Rao had his early school education in Chikmagalur.

Mr. Gowda said: "In fact, we invited Dr. Rao for the golden jubilee celebrations of the college in 1992.

But he could not make it. Now that it has been decided to inaugurate the auditorium next month to mark the diamond jubilee of the college, we would like to invite him for it.''

K. Chidananda Gowda, Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University, said the university feels proud about Dr. Rao's achievement.

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