Along with Sachin Tendulkar, world class scientist Dr Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao was awarded the Bharat Ratna today. We had the great fortune to interview Dr Rao, exactly three years ago in Bangalore.
Dr CNR Rao, known in India as “Mr Science” has published more than 1500 research papers over the last five decades and has been conferred an astounding 40 honorary
doctorates. Dr Rao, the world's foremost solid state and materials chemist, is currently the Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore and Chairman of the Science Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister.
He has authored over 1500 research papers and edited or written 43 books in materials chemistry. There is hardly any academy that has not made him a fellow/member, including The Royal Society London, National Academy of Sciences, USA, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, French Academy of Sciences and Japan Academy. There is a wide consensus that he would have easily won a Nobel Prize by now if he were working in a Western country. Dr Rao spoke to MoneyLIFE editors Sucheta Dalal and Debashis Basu about his career and his views on where Indian science is headed, given the way bright science students are sucked by the software sector. Read the whole interview here
This interview was also published as part of Pathbreakers 2, a collection of interviews about top Indian achievers. You can buy the book here