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Indian chemist


Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao FRS has worked mainly in solid-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 been conferred with Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India.

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Date of BirthJune 30, 1934
Place of BirthBangalore, Mysore kingdom
Alma materBanaras Hindu University, Purdue University
Known forSolid-state chemistry, Materials science
InstitutionsIndian Space Research Organization, IIT Kanpur, Indian Institute of Science, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of California, Santa Barbara, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Notable awardsHughes Medal (2000), India Science Award (2004), (FRS)(1984), Abdus Salam Medal (2008), Dan David Prize (2005), Legion of Honor (2005), Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan (2013), Bharat Ratna
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 I heard about it when I was at the Thiruvananthapuram airport in Kerala to board a flight to Bangalore. I spoke to the prime minister and thanked him for the honour. I feel basic science is getting its due now, Read more at: 
— CNR Rao on being conferred with Bharat Ratna / November 16, 2013
 I used to say earlier that Homi Bhabha should get this honour and also other eminent researchers, 
— CNR Rao says Homi Bhabha should be awarded Bharat Ratna too / November 16, 2013