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Prof C N R Rao to get Hoffman International Medal

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Eminent scientist Professor C N R Rao, one of the world's foremost solid state and materials chemists, has become the first Indian to be chosen for the prestigious August-Wilhelm von Hoffmann medal for his outstanding contributions in Chemistry by the German Chemical Society.

This is the highest international medal in Chemistry awarded once in two or three years, an official press release said. Previous winners of the award include Nobel Laureates and leaders in chemical research.

The medal will be presented to Prof. Rao at the European Chemical Congress in Nurnberg on August 29, 2010, the release added.

Prof. Rao,75, is presently working as chairman of Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.

Among other positions, Prof Rao is currently a National Research Professor, the Linus Pauling Research Professor and the honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore.

Prof Rao was appointed chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister in January, 2005. He had held the position earlier during 1985-89.

He took his B.Sc. degree from Mysore University and M.Sc. from Banaras Hindu University before completing his Ph.D. from the Purdue University in the United States.

Among other institutions, he has taught at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, Purdue, Oxford and Cambridge. He was the director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, from 1984-94.

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