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CNR Rao Awarded Nikkei Asia Prize.

Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra (CNR) Rao, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Materials at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Nikkei Asia Prize’ for Science, Technology and Innovation. The award is being given by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc (Nikkei), publisher of Japan’s leading business newspaper, in recognition of his “distinguished contribution to chemical spectroscopy, molecular spectra and chemistry of advanced materials.” The Nikkei Asia Prizes are awarded annually to recognize outstanding achievements that improve the quality of life in Asia and contribute to regional stability. In addition to Rao’s Science, Technology and Innovation category, prizes are given in the categories of Culture and Regional Growth.

Rao is a world reknowned authority in chemistry and materials. He is the Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of the Jawarharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, as well as the Indian Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy. He is a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences and a Founding Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Rao’s contributions to the field of solid state chemistry and materials are remarkable for their enormous diversity, their originality, and their extraordinary prolificity. He has published more than 1,000 research papers and edited or written 35 books in a career spanning more than 40 years. His current research interests are mainly in phenomena and properties exhibited by transition metal oxide systems, including high temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance and metal-insulation transitions. His work on transition metaloxides has led to basic understanding of novel phenomena and of the relationship between materials properties and the structural chemistry of these materials. He has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor in UCSB’s Materials Department since 1995.

The Nikkei Asia Prize will be formally conferred on Rao in Tokyo on May 21.