Scientist of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc)- T V Ramakrishnan and Director of National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, K Vijay Raghavan have been named for HK Firodia awards for 2012 for their original and outstanding contributions to any branch of science. The member of planning commission (science) K Kasturirangan will felicitate them during a function to be organized at the Balgandharva Rangmandir on October 1.
Noted scientist RA Mashelkar has announced the names. He informed that Ramakrishnan will get a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, a trophy and citation. He is a theoretical physicist known for his pioneering contributions to physics of electronics, disordered systems, density functional approach to classical condensed systems and biological physics.
T V Ramakrishnan, a professor at the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, is a distinguished associate at the department of Physics in IISc. He is engaged in research on high temperature superconductivity, strongly correlated electron systems and colossal magneto resistance manganites.
Besides this, Raghavan will get a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a trophy and citation. He is known for his contributions to the field of life sciences, particularly to developmental biology, genetics and neurogenetics. His research primarily focuses on principles and mechanisms that control the nervous systems and muscles during human development and how they direct specific locomotor behaviour.
Former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam and later to eminent scientists including MS Swaminathan, R Chidambaram, Anil Kakodkar, Obaid Siddiqi, Jayant Naralikar and Madhav Gadgil were among others who were felicitated with HK Firodia award.