C.N.R. Rao


C.N.R. Rao

Bharat Ratna, D.Sc., Ph.D., FRS, Hon. FRSC
Founder President

Linus Pauling Research Professor & Honorary President
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India
Born: June 30, 1934, Bangalore, India

Prof. C.N.R Rao completed his M.Sc. from Banaras Hindu University in 1953 and then went on to pursue his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1958. He joined IISc, Bangalore in 1959 on lecturing position and then joined Department of Chemistry IIT Kanpur in 1963.

He returned to IISc in 1976 to establish a solid state and structural chemistry unit and became director of the IISc from 1984 to 1994. He has been working as the National Research Professor holding the positions Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, which he founded in 1989. He had served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Indian Prime Minister for two terms, from 1985 to 1989 and from 2005 to 2014. He is also the director of the International Centre for Materials Science (ICMS), which he founded in 2008.

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