• Professor C. N. R. Rao, FRS

Bharat Ratna Professor C. N. R. Rao, FRS

Chairman of the CeNSGoverning Council
National Research Professor
Linus Pauling Research Professor & Honorary President
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Jakkur P.O.,Bengaluru- 560 064

Prof. C.N.R. Rao is the National Research Professor as well as Honorary President and Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Science. His main research interests are in solid state and materials chemistry. He is an author of over 1600 research papers and 48 books. He received the M.Sc. degree from Banaras, Ph.D. from Purdue, D.Sc. from Mysore universities and has received honoriscausa doctorate degrees from 63 universities including Purdue, Bordeaux, Banaras, Calcutta, Sri Venkateswara, Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IISERs (Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune), Northwestern, Notre Dame, Novosibirsk, Oxford, Stellenbosch, Grenoble, Uppsala, Wales, Wroclaw, Caen, Liverpool, St. Andrews and Desikottama from Visva-Bharati.

Prof. Rao is a member of many of the major science academies in the world including the Royal Society, London, the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., the Russian Academy of Sciences, French Academy of Sciences, Japan Academy as well as the American Philosophical Society. He is a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Foreign Fellow of Academia Europaea, the Royal Society of Canada and Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is on the editorial boards of several leading professional journals and is a distinguished visiting professor of the University of California and Cambridge University.

Among the various medals, honours and awards received by him, mention may be made of the Marlow Medal of the Faraday Society (1967), Bhatnagar Prize (1968), Padma Shri (1974), Centennial Foreign Fellowship of the American Chemical Society (1976), Royal Society of Chemistry (London) Medal (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1985), Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London (1989), Hevrovsky Gold Medal of the Czechoslovak Academy (1989), Blackett Lectureship of the Royal Society (1991), Einstein Gold Medal of UNESCO (1996), Linnett Professorship of the University of Cambridge (1998), Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London (2000), the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society, London, for original discovery in physical sciences (2000), Karnataka Ratna (2001) by the Karnataka Government, the Order of Scientific Merit (Grand-Cross) from the President of Brazil (2002), Gauss Professorship of Germany (2003) and the Somiya Award of the International Union of Materials Research (2004). He is the first recipient of the India Science Award by the Government of India and received the Dan David Prize for science in the future dimension for his research in Materials Science in 2005. He was named as Chemical Pioneer by the American Institute of Chemists (2005), Chevalier de la Légiond’Honneur by the President of the French Republic (2005) and received the Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Physics, London (2006) and St. Catherine’s College, Oxford (2007). He received the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science, Technology and Innovation (2008). He was awarded the Royal Medal by the Royal Society (2009) and the August-Wilhelm-von-Hoffmann Medal for his outstanding contributions to chemistry by the German Chemical Society (2010). He received the Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prizefor materials research in2011 and was Albert Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012. He received Bharat Ratna Award in 2014.

Prof. Rao is Chairman, Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, immediate past President of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and Member of the Atomic Energy Commission of India. He is Founder-President of both the Chemical Research Society of India and of the Materials Research Society of India. Prof. Rao was President of the Indian National Science Academy (1985-86), the Indian Academy of Sciences (1989-91) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (1985-97). He was the Director of the Indian Institute of Science (1984-94), Chairman of the Science Advisory Council to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (1985-89) and Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Union Cabinet (1997-98) and Albert Einstein Research Professor (1995-99).

  • Professor Ashutosh Sharma

Professor Ashutosh Sharma

Memberof the CeNS Governing Council
Secretary to the Government of India
Department of Science and Technology
Technology Bhavan,New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110 016

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987 M.S., Chemical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1984. B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, 1982. Research Scientist, Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987- 1990.

Research Interests

  • Soft nanofabrication
  • Mechanics, patterns and instabilities of soft visco-elastic interfaces and ultrathin films
  • Self-organized meso-patterning of polymers, carbon, ceramics and hydrogels
  • Functional and nano-materials: adhesive, catalytic, optical, super-wetting and nano-composites
  • Multiscale MEMS/NEMS & microfluidic systems: materials and platforms
  • Soft interfaces: Wetting, adhesion and friction
  • Carbon micro/nanostructures & composites: fabrication and applications in environment, health and energy; bio-platforms; electrochemical systems
  • Interfacial and colloidal interactions

Research Interests

  • Infosys Prize in Engineering and Computer Science, Infosys Science Foundation (2010).
  • Elected Fellow, TWAS--The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (2010).
  • The TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences, TWAS, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Trieste, Italy (2008).
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (2007)
  • Institute Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (2007-date)
  • Elected Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (or http://insaindia.org/detail.php?id=P04-1375 )
  • Elected Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering
  • Elected Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences
  • Elected Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India
  • Shanti SwarupBhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences (2002)
  • J. C. Bose National Fellowship, Department of Science & Technology (2006-date)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2006)
  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing (2012-2014).
  • Member of Editorial Board, Nanomaterials and Energy, ICE publishing (UK) (2011-2013).
  • Member of Editorial Board, Chemical Engineering Science (2007-2010)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (2006-2007)
  • Member of Editorial Board, Indian Chemical Engineer (Journal of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers; 2006-)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (2000-2002)
  • Herdillia Award of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers for excellence in basic research (2003)
  • Professor R. Narasimha, FRS

Professor R. Narasimha, FRS

Member of the Governing Council
DST Year-of-Science Professor
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Jakkur P. O.,Bengaluru - 560 064

Dr RoddamNarasimha is presently a DST Year-of-Science Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.

He was educated at the University College of Engineering and at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and obtained his PhD at the California Institute of Technology, USA, in 1961. He joined the Indian Institute of Science in 1962 and was associated with the Department of Aerospace Engineering in various capacities from that date till 1999. In 1982 he founded the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences (now Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences), which he headed till 1989. During 1984 to 1993 he was Director of the National Aerospace Laboratories. For many years since 1982 he held a visiting position at Caltech, as Clark B Millikan Professor or Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar. During 1989-90 he was Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Engineering at Cambridge University in England. He has also held visiting positions at NASA Langley, Strathclyde, University of Brussels, Adelaide University etc. From 1990 to 1994 he was INSA Golden Jubilee Research Professor, and from 1994 to 1999 the ISRO K R Ramanathan Distinguished Professor, at IISc/JNCASR. He was Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies during 1997-2004.

Prof Narasimha’s research has been chiefly concerned with aerospace and atmospheric fluid dynamics. He is internationally known for his extensive studies of transitions between laminar and turbulent flow (going in either direction), the structure of shock waves, various characteristics of fully developed turbulent flow (e.g. their memory, the bursting phenomenon in boundary layers), the fluid dynamics of clouds, near-surface temperature distributions and eddy fluxes in tropical atmospheric boundary layers. His recent laboratory studies on cloud flows, carried out with colleagues and students, have been called 'amazing', resulting in 'groundbreaking research' on an important scientific problem rellevant to global climate change and the Indian monsoons.

He has been closely associated with aerospace technology development in India at both technical and policy-making levels. During 1977-79, he was the Chief Project Coordinator in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, and led a joint HAL-NAL-IISc team carrying out early conceptual studies of the LCA. As Director of NAL he initiated and oversaw several major technology programmes, including the development of carbon composite wings and flight control systems for the LCA. Under his leadership NAL made the first parallel computer in the country in 1986, and fabricated and flew the first fibre glass aircraft in the country. He served on the Board of Directors of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for several years. As a member of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s Scientific Advisory Council he was instrumental in establishing a major parallel computing initiative in the country. He was President of the Indian Academy of Sciences during 1992-94 and spear-headed a new programme on university education in science, leading to the establishment of the journal Resonance and other Academy programmes involving teachers and students. He has served three terms on the National Security Advisory Board.

Currently he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. He has been a member of the Space Commission since 1989. He led conceptual studies of the Indo-French atmospheric research satellite Megha-Tropiques, and continues to be Co-Chairman the Joint Scientific Working Group for the satellite.

As Director of NIAS Prof Narasimha initiated a series of major dialogues on international security issues with the US National Academy of Sciences and other bodies, and pursued his interests in the history of science and technology and the philosophy underlying Indic ratinalism.

He has been widely honoured for his research work as well as his scientific leadership. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a Foreign Associate of both the US National Academy of Engineering and the US National Academy of Sciences. He is also an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was awarded the Trieste Science Prize for Engineering Sciences in 2008 for 'his distinctive and original contributions to fluid dynamics and its applications in aerospace technology and atmospheric dynamics'. In 2000 he won the Fluid Dynamics Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astonautics. In India his distinctions include the Bhatnagar Prize, the GujarmalModi Award, the Ramanujan Award, the AryabhataAeard, and the Padma Bhushan, among many others. He is a Fellow of all the national academies of science and engineering, and an Honorary Fellow of the Aeronautical Society of India. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Caltech and was conferred the Honorary Fellowhsipof IISc as part of its centenary celebrations. He has delivered invited lectures at the International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, the American Institute of Aeronautics and astronautics, and various other national and international meetings. He was also the LSG Kavasznay Lecturer at the University of Texas at Houston and the Sixth YunchuanAisinjioro-Soo Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been conferred honorary dectoral degrees by Roorkee, Banaras and Gulbarga Universtites, and the Desikottama award by Shantiniketan. His books include Verses for the Brave; he has edited or co-edited The Dynamics of Technology, An Encyclopaedia of classical Indian Sciences, Nature and Culture and 15 other books on fluid dynamics and related subjects.

He is the author of more than 250 research publications, mostly in fluid mechanics, aerospace science and atmospheric dynamics.

  • Professor Ajay K. Sood, FRS

Professor Ajay K. Sood

Member of the CeNS Governing Council
Professor
Department of Physics
Indian Institute of Science
Bengaluru -560012

Education

B.Sc. Physics, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India, 1971.
M.S. Physics, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India, 1972.
Ph.D. Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India 1982.
Post-doctoral Max Planck Institute fur FKF, Stuttgart, Germany, 1983-1985

Professional Experience

7/94 - Present Professor Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
12/98 – 3/08 Divisional Chairman Division of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
7/88 - 7/94 Associate Professor Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. India
1993 - Present Honorary Professor Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India

Honours and Recognitions:

a) Civilian Honours

1) “Padma Shri” by Government of India (2013)

b) Fellowships of Academies

1) Fellow of the Royal Society, London (FRS) (2015)
2) Secretary General, The World Academy of Sciences (2013-2015)
3) President, Indian Academy of Sciences (2010-2012)
4) Vice President, Indian National Science Academy (2008-2010)
5) Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc) (1991)
6) Fellow of Indian National Science Academy (FNA) (1996)
7) Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (FTWAS) (2002)
8) Fellow of The National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc) (1995)
9) Member, The Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials (2008)

c) Awards:

1) Shanti SwarupBhatnagar Award in Physical Sciences (1990)(Highest prize of the Government of India for Scientists below age of 45 yrs)
2) Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Award in Physics (2000)
3) G.D. Birla Science Award (2000) )(Given annually by a major national foundation to a scientist below the age of 50 yrs, chosen amongst all areas of science and engineering)
4) FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) Award in Physical Sciences (1999-2000)
5) The HomiJehangirBhabha Medal of Indian National Science Academy(2002)
6) Materials Research Society (India) Medal (2000
7) Millennium Gold Medal of Indian Science Congress (2000)
8) IISc Alumni Award for Excellence in Research for Science (2003)
9) M.N. Saha Birth Centenary Award (Indian Science Congress) (2003-2004)
10) Sir C.V. Raman Award: Physical Sciences (Hari Om Ashram Trust/University Grants Commission) (2003)
11) Goyal Prize in Physics (2003)
12) DAE Raja Ramanna Award of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (2005)
13) National Award in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Department of Science and Technology., Government of India), ( 2006)
14) Lifetime achievement award of Punjab University, Chandigarh (2006)
15) Bhatnagar Fellowship of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (2007)
16) VigyanRatan Award of Punjab University, Chandigarh (2010)
17) H.K. Firodia Award in Science & Technology (2010)
18) Bangalore Nano Award by Government of Karnataka (2010)
19) G.M. Modi Award for Science (2012)
20)Indian Science Congress Award for outstanding contributions to Science (2014)
21)R.D. Birla Award for excellence in Physics-2012 by Indian Physics Association (2014)

d) Award Lectures:

1) Platinum Jubilee Lecture of Indian Science Congress (1998)
2) Prof. K. RangadhamaRao Memorial Award Lecture of Indian National Science Academy (2000)
3) BrahmPrakash Memorial Lecture of Indian Institute of Metals, Kalpakkam Chapter (2003)
4) J.W. McBain Award Lecture of National Chemical Laboratory - Pune (2004)
5) A.V. Rama Rao Award Lecture of Indian Association of Cultivation of Science, Kolkatta (2004)
6) Platinum Jubilee Lecture of Indian Science Congress (2008)
7) Prof. MeghnadSaha Memorial Lecture Award of The National Academy of Sciences, India (2009).
8) DAE-CV Raman Lecturer of Indian Physics Association (2010-11)
9) Erudite Scholar, M.G. University, Kottayam, July 2011

e) Others:

1. Member, Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Minister of India (2009 – 2014)
2. Chairman, Research Council, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi
3. Executive Editor, Solid State Communications, Elsevier
4. Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports (2013 - )
5. International Editorial Advisors Board, “Particle” (2012 - )
6. Co-Editor, Europhysics Letters (2012 - )

  • Professor N. Kumar

Professor N. Kumar

Memberof the CeNS Governing Council
Emeritus Professor
Raman Research Institute
Sadashivnagar P. O.,
Bengaluru – 560 080

  • Shri J. B. Mohapatra

Shri J. B. Mohapatra

Member of the CeNS Governing Council
Joint Secretary & Financial Advisor
Department of Science and Technology
Technology Bhavan,
New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi – 110 016

  • Dr. A.T. Kalghatgi

Dr. A.T. Kalghatgi

Member of the CeNS Governing Council
Bharat Electronics Limited
Outer ring road
Nagawara
Bengaluru – 560 045