Famous Indian Scientist Creates Another History

By Arshdeep Sarao, Epoch Times
May 13, 2013 Updated: May 13, 2013

Eminent scientist Dr. Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao has become the first Indian chemist to reach the h-index of 100, revealing the excellency and vastness of his published work.

The h-index is based on a scientist’s most cited papers and measures both the productivity and impact of the published work.

He is the only Indian scientist among a few in the world who have got nearly 50,000 citations and over 1,500 research papers published in his career of five decades. His zeal and enthusiasm to work is way beyond a person of his age.

“Now I approaching 80 and I am so grateful that I am able to carry out active research at the frontiers today. Not a day has passed in my life when I have not worried about my research work. I still work seven days a week, mainly with my students,” Rao told The Epoch Times.

Rao has won several national international prizes and is a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and of the Royal Society of London.

He currently serves as the head of the scientific advisory council to the prime minister of India and is the Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore, India.

His work on transition metal oxides has qualified him as one of the renowned researcher in the field of solid state and materials chemistry, providing basic understanding of the novel phenomena and the the structural chemistry of these materials.

Rao has not only excelled in research but has also run institutions like the Indian Institute of Science. As a proficient author, he has written and edited around 45 books, including books for children.

“I am a scientist and a teacher,” he said. “I like to work with young people and talk about science to young children.”

Currently he enjoys the memberships of all major scientific academies in the world.
Having witness almost one complete generation of scientific developments, Rao still aspires to work hard and realize new innovative ideas.

“Innovation is possible only with perseverance and hard work. This has been a wonderful experience for me. I am overwhelmed that it has been possible to accomplish all this working in India,” he said.