Prof. C.N.R. RAO

Prof. C.N.R. Rao

National Research Professor,
Linus Pauling Research Professor & Honorary President
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangaluru, Karnataka, India.

Prof. Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, popularly known as Prof. CNR Rao is a leading Indian scientist in the field of solid state and materials chemistry. His major area of research comprises transition metal oxides and other extended inorganic solids, inorganic-organic hybrid materials, nanomaterials and generation of hydrogen by photocatalysis. His latest works include research on the new wonder material graphene and artificial photosynthesis.

Known for his vast publication records, Prof. Rao has contributed 1600 research publications and authored 51 books. He is the first Indian scientist to cross the H index of 100 - an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist. Prof. Rao is one of the few scientists across the world having nearly 100,000 citations for research publications.

In his research career of five decades, Prof. Rao had served at many national and international institutions in various capacities. In addition to receiving numerous national and international recognitions and awards, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna - the highest civilian award in India, in 2014, making him the third scientist after C.V. Raman and A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to receive the award.Prof. C.N.R. Rao, is the National Research Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangaluru, Karnataka, India.He currently serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. Prof. Rao has honorary doctorates from 60 universities from around the world.His major areas of research are transition metal oxides and other extended inorganic solids (new synthesis and novel structures, metal-insulator transitions, CMR materials, superconductivity, multiferroics, etc.), inorganic-organic hybrid materials, nanomaterials including nanotubes and graphene, and artificial photosynthesis and hydrogen generation by photocatalysis and thermal means, etc. He has played a significant role in science education and direct contact programmesamong school children.

He is also the member of the Editorial Boards of several major International journals dealing with Chemical Physics, Spectroscopy and Solid State and Materials Chemistry, such as Chem. Phys. Lett., Modern Phys. Lett., J. Solid State Chem., J. Mol. Struc., Mat. Res. Bull., Philosophical Magazine, J. Mater. Chem., Chemistry – An European Journal, Solid State Sciences, ChemPhysChem, J. Nanosci. Nanotech., Small, Chem. Soc. Rev., Bulletin of Chem. Soc. of Japan, J. Cluster Science, J. Experimental Nanoscience, Chemistry – An Asian Journal,

Chem. Commun., Proc. Royal Soc. (London), Langmuir, Adv. Mater., Mater. Horizons., Chemistry - An Asian Journal, Bull Chem. Soc. Japan, ACS Nano, ACS Applied Materials and Interface, Chemnanochem, to name a few.

Awards: Prof. C.N.R. Rao has been conferred with numerous awards of National as well as International significance. Some of these are:

  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (1969)
  • Padma Shri (1974)
  • Fellow of Royal Society (1982)
  • Padma Vibhushan (1985)
  • Hughes Medal (2000)
  • India Science Award (2004)
  • Dan David Prize (2005)
  • Legion of Honor (2005)
  • Abdus Salam Medal (2008)
  • Order of Friendship (2009)
  • Royal Medal (2009)
  • Bharat Ratna (2013)
  • National Order of Scientific Merit (2012)
  • Order of the Rising Sun (2015) & many more…
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Venue Information

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi-110025, India.

Venue Information


M.A Ansari Auditorium (Near Gate No:13) Jamia Millia Islamia
New Delhi-110025


To get to the venue place, you can take one of the city bus lines, metro service. All the services are comfortable to reach into the place.


Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CNN) Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University) New Delhi, India