PROFESSOR SHARES $1M AWARD
The $1 million Dan David Prize, which Rao shares
with Harvard University chemist George Whitesides and chemical engineer
Robert Langer of MIT, is considered by many to be the Nobel Prize
of Israel. The prize recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary
research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms.
It aims to foster universal values of excellence,
creativity, justice, democracy, and progress, and to promote the
scientific, technological, and humanistic achievements that advance
and improve the world.
Rao also recently received the Indian Science Award,
the most important science prize in his homeland of India, where
he is chair of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.
He has spent one month a year at UCSB for the last 10 years.
Last year, he shared the Somiya Award of the International
Union of Materials Research Societies with Tony Cheetham, former
director of the MRL. He chairs the advisory board of UCSB’s new
International Center for Materials Research.
According to Craig Hawker, the new director of
the MRL, Rao is a world-renowned authority in the field of materials
chemistry. His contributions to the field of solid state chemistry
and materials science are remarkable for their diversity and their
originality. Rao is the Linus Pauling Research Professor at the
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore,