Prof. CNR Rao has made his remarks in the field of solids and material chemistry and is honoured with the prestigious Bharat Ratna award.

Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, well-known as C.N. R. Rao is an Indian chemist whose work interest lied in solids and structural chemistry.  Prof. CNR Rao is one of the world's most renowned chemists in the field of solids and materials chemistry.

For five decades he has been contributing to the development of the chemistry and its related properties. His work on transition metal oxides has increased understanding of new phenomena and the relationship between material properties and the structural chemistry of these materials.

His work led to a systematic study of composition-controlled metal-insulator transitions. Dr. Rao is currently the National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (Bangalore). He is also the Director of the International Center for Materials Science (ICMS) and Member of the Board of the Science Initiative Group.

Dr. Rao's work is not only limited to materials science and nanotechnology but also have contributed to the growth of all sciences in this country. His latest work includes research on new wonder-based material, graphene, and artificial photosynthesis. He has contributed to 1,600 research publications and has written 51 books. He has been honoured with Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna in 2014.

Professor Rao has been an outstanding speaker of basic research and a keen observer. In the current trends, the young population are seeking a profitable career in information technology and biotechnology, ignoring basic sciences.  Sir said, "Basic, research is the heart of any development and it should be promoted if the country wants to make progress." He also inspires and motivates many researchers and is a model in the field of science.


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