CNR Rao,
former IITK prof
to be awarded Bharat Ratna

CNR Rao, named to receive the Bharat Ratna Award, was a faculty member at IIT Kanpur and served as the chairman of the board of governors of IITK from 2002 to 2005.

He will become the third scientist after C.V.Raman and A P J Abdul Kalam to get India’s highest civilian award.

The legendary scientist is no stranger to such accolades. Amongst others, he has received awards such as the Legion of Honor, France’s highest decoration, and both the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Shri. He has also been accorded Honorary Doctorates from august institutions such as IIT Bombay, Kharagpur, Delhi and Patna, as well as Oxford, Notre Dame, and many others.

He will be the 42nd recipient of the Award.

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  1. ASIM SHUKLANovember 20, 2013 at 12:34 pmReply

    I feel proud to be taught chemistry by prof. CNR Rao at IIT Kanpur during my b tech. Chem 1964-69. There was uniqueness in delivery of his class lecture.
    Asim shukla

  2. Sudhir PrasadNovember 20, 2013 at 1:45 pmReply

    Yes he is great . I fondly remeber him giving lecture in L 7 on chemistry during the year 1975. 38 years have gone by but the memory endures……
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    People simply laugh at any innovative idea. They feel threatened by the person giving innovative ideas .

  3. Pawan KumarNovember 20, 2013 at 3:31 pmReply

    We just met prof CNR rao and we were talking to him about the possibility of a Nobel prize for him . He got the Bharat Ratan , journey should be nearer now . He still works in his lab for more than 12 hrs a day . He is likely to grace our alumni event on 11th January in Bangalore . We are expecting 10 ex faculty , 500 alumini , director and Dora will be coming .
    An one of you in Bangalore are welcome to register . About 100 have already register . Please go to DoAttend for register action .

  4. Suresh SethiNovember 21, 2013 at 1:14 amReply

    Remember meeting him at an INSA event. Congratulations Prof. Rao.

  5. R.SethuramanNovember 21, 2013 at 1:19 pmReply

    My hearty Congratulations to Prof.C.N.R.Rao on conferring `Bharat Ratna` .I still remember the good old days at IIT,Delhi in Jan,68,Dr.C.N.R.Rao came very casually in the middle of the lecture at the Conference and politely asked me whether he can sit beside me,though I was only 20 years old then and student of Dr.V.Ramakrishna,in Chemistry dept., doing M.Sc.That shows his Greatness and humility.We pray God for his long life.
    Consultant/Water Chemistry&Corrosion
    Ex.DY.GM/Chemical Sciences,BHELR&D,Hyderabad

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