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6 Kickass Chemists Known For Shaping The Modern India

Updated on 29 August, 2014 at 3:13 pm By

Chemistry has contributed a lot to medical science for centuries. It has paved the way to treat malaria, polio and even cancer through new life saving drug inventions. Chemical research is progressing in a big way and this success is all attributed to our intelligent yet hard working scientists. Their research is likely to inspire many young scientists and open new dimensions for the whole mankind. The sagas of Indian chemists are continuing – let us find out more about some famous chemical personalities in India as given below:

6. Eluvathingal Devassy Jemmis


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Awards: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1994), Padma Shri (2014), Prof. T. Navaneeth Rao National Best Teacher Award (2006)

Research Interests: Applied Theoretical Chemistry

Jemmis is currently engaged in theoretical chemistry research at IISc, Bangaluru. He has received a PhD degree from Princeton University (1973). Jemmis enjoys teaching chemistry to students and loves to study reactivity structure of molecules. He has the honour of guiding 20 PhD’s and 200 articles in scientific magazines worldwide.

Chemists Known For Shaping The Modern India

5. Garikapati Narahari Sastry

Awards: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (2011), Birla prize (2001), CSRI Medal (2010), National Bioscience Award (2009)

Research Interests: Molecular modeling, Drug design using CAD


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Dr.  Sastry presently is the head of Molecular modeling division at IICT Hyderabad. He is mainly interested in the developments of computational chemistry. Sastry has made significant research in foreign institutes before moving to IICT in the year 2002.

Chemists Known For Shaping The Modern India

4.  Govindarajan Padmanabhan

Awards: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1983), Padma Shri (1991), Padma Bhushan (2003)

Research Interests: Malaria vaccine development

Govindarajan is Madras born, currently serving as a professor of biochemistry at IISc Begaluru. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the same institution and served as the Director from 1994-98.

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Chemists Known For Shaping The Modern India

3. Keki Hormusji Gharda

Awards: FICCI Award for Research, Chemical Pioneer Award from American Institute of Chemists

Research Interests: Industrial Chemistry

Dr. Keki Gharda holds a degree in chemical engineering from Mumbai University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He is a prominent engineer, chemist and a brilliant entrepreneur. He currently heads an R&D-based and a Section-25 Company as called by him, named as Gharda Chemicals Limited.

Chemists Known For Shaping The Modern India

2. Animesh Chakravorty

Awards: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1975), Nehru Chair (University of Hyderabad), Gold Medal by Indian Chemical Society.

Research Interests: Coordination Complex in Chemistry

Born on 30 June 1935, Animesh is a doctorate from University of Calcutta. Early in career, he started as a research associate at prestigious MIT and Harvard. The Bengali academician guided about 58 PhD student’s and associates during his academic services as a Research Professor.

Chemists Known For Shaping The Modern India

1. Prof. CNR Rao

Awards: Bharat Ratna (2013), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1968), Padma Shri (1974), Dan David Prize 2005, RSL’s Hughes Medal, UNESCO’s Albert Einstein Gold Medal, 21st Khawarzimi International Science Award

Research Interests: Nanotechnology, Solid-state and Structural chemistry

Dr. Chintamani Nagesha Ramachandra (C.N.R.) Rao is a Bengaluru born scientist, highly honored speaker and widely acclaimed academician. Rao’s father, Nagesha Rao for years worked at old Mysore education department. In 1960, Chintamani got married to Indumathi. Later on, he joined IIT Kanpur as an associate professor in 1963. Popularly known as FRS (Fellow of The Royal Society), Rao currently serves as the Head of Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.


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