The Bharat Ratna awardee is the first Asian to be chosen for the prestigious Von Hippel Award
Bharat Ratna awardee & Eminent scientist, Professor C.N.R Rao, has become the first Asian to be chosen for the prestigious Von Hippel Award for his immense contribution in materials research on novel functional materials, including nanomaterials (having particles of nanoscale dimensions), graphene (the strongest and thinnest material) and 2D materials, superconductivity, and colossal magnetoresistance (change in electrical resistance of a material in a magnetic field).
The award is the US-based Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honour.
The award will be presented in Boston on November 29, during an MRS meeting. The award includes a cash prize, trophy and a diploma. Prof. C.N.R Rao is also the founder president of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.
About Von Hippel Award
The Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s highest honor, recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers—brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines.
The Von Hippel Award is named after Arthur von Hippel (1898-2003), who was a pioneer in the study of dielectrics, semiconductors, ferromagnetics and ferroelectrics. He was an early advocate of the interdisciplinary approach to materials research, and his example substantially furthered the science of materials.