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Prof. C.N.R. Rao – Bharat Ratna Adward Winner

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Born on the 30th of June in the year 1934, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, commonly known as C.N.R. Rao is a renowned chemist who has established himself as a significant exponent of structured chemistry in the country. A prodigy since childhood, he has doctorate degrees from over 60 universities from all around the globe.

Prof C N R RaoImage Source: thehindu.com

Currently, he is the Scientific Advisory Council’s Head and with his in depth knowledge and studies, he has pen down a list of research papers that has led him to author more than 45 books on science.

Born and brought up in the Indian state of Karnataka, he enrolled into middle six at the mere age of six, and despite being the youngest in his class he would often guide and tutor other mathematicians. Gradually, he developed a keen interest in chemistry and pursued his bachelors as well as masters in the subject. Such was his excellence that four renowned overseas universities offered him scholarships in the form of financial support, such as the Penn State, the Columbia University, the MIT as well as the Purdue University.

At a young age of 24, he was already done with his thesis and achieved his Ph.D.

In the year 2013, the Indian government honored him with the Bharat Ratna Award, that made him the third scientist in line to have won the award after C.V. Raman and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

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