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Who is CNR Rao – The “other” Bhartha Ratna Winner

CNRRaoChintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao FRS, also known as C.N.R. Rao (born 30 June 1934), is an Indian chemist who has worked mainly insolid-state and structural chemistry. He currently serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. Dr. Rao has Honorary Doctorates from 60 Universities worldwide. He has authored around 1,500 research papers and 45 scientific books.




Hint 1: Where is he from? 

Bangalore is HIS birth place.

Hint 2: When was he born?

30 June, 1934

That means he is quite old now. No! His is not dead. He is still alive!

Hint 3: Is he been in any kind of controversies? 

Yes. He was accused of indulging and allowing plagiarism which he refused.

Bad Hint! I know.

Hint 4: What field is he related to? 


Hint 5: What is he known for? 

Solid-state chemistry and Materials science.
He is one of the world’s foremost solid state and materials chemists.
His work on transition metal oxides has led to basic understanding of novel phenomena and the relationship between materials properties and the structural chemistry of these materials.
He is the author of around 1500 research papers. He has authored and edited 45 books.

Hint 6: What is he currently doing? 

The list is long but to cut short it,
He is currently the National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor, Founder and Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore.
He is the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Indian Prime Minister.
He is also the director of the International Centre for Materials Science( ICMS) .

Hint 7: How educated is he? 

Oh you would be fascinated and thrilled to know how many degrees he posses.
M.Sc.( Banaras), D.Sc.( Mysore),Ph.D.( Purdue)
And about 60 Honorary Doctorates from

Foreign Universities 

D.Sc.( honoris causa) St. Andrews, Bordeaux, Caen, Colorado, Khartoum, Liverpool, Northwestern, Novosibirsk, Oxford, Purdue, Stellenbosch, Université Joseph Fourier, Wales, Wroclaw and RAS( SB); Sc.D( honoris causa) Notre Dame; Fil. Dr.( honoris causa) Upp.

Indian Universities 

D.Sc.( honoris causa) Aligarh, Anna, Andhra, Banaras, Bengal Engineering, Bangalore, Burdwan, Bundelkhand, Delhi, Hyderabad, IGNOU Universities, IISER( Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali & Pune), IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT New Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological, Kalyani, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Kuvempu, Lucknow, Mangalore, Manipur, Mysore, Osmania, Panjab, Roorkee, Sikkim Manipal, SRM, Tumkur, Uttar Pradesh Technological, Sri Venkateswara, Vidyasagar, Visveswaraya Technological Universities, LL.D( honoris Causa) SV University; D.Litt.( KSOU); Nadoja( Hampi); Desikottama( Vishva-Bharathi) .

Hint 8: Awards 

One might fall asleep while reading about the awards this guy has received.
26 International, 9 National and 92 other awards and recognitions.

Hint 9: What is so special about him? 

Most of the scientists of his time have chosen retirement but this guy against all odds have overcome the fatigue and age barriers and cannot stop reinventing himself.
His mantra for success has been as simple as that of a child. Unlike others who blame the system and society for failure, this guy believes

“In India, if you work hard you will get major results”

Awwarded with Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan and Karnataka Ratna earlier, CHINTAMANI NAGESA RAMACHANDRA RAO, a pioneer whose most work is ahead of the curve, has been finally been selected for Bharat Ratna on Nov 16, 2013 by Government of India.

Some say, What Sachin( 40 and retired) is to Cricket, CNR Rao is to the world of science( 79 and still not out)!

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