Indian Scientists Continue to Lead Global Research in Chemistry, Physics and Materials Science
Ten Indian Researchers Are Recognised As Global Leaders In Research In Their Respective Fields According To Thomson Reuters Analysis
NEW DELHI, INDIA, September 12, 2012 – India’s continuing influence on global scientific research was today recognised by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters. Ten of India’s leading researchers were honoured during the “Thomson Reuters Research Excellence – India Citation Awards 2012” presentation event held at the Park Hotel in New Delhi. The 10 award recipients were selected based on citation impact analysis conducted by Thomson Reuters.
The award recipients (in alphabetical order) represent diverse fields spanning chemistry, physics, materials science and nanotechnology. They are:
· Dr. Anunay Samanta, (Physical Chemistry and Photochemistry) - J. C. Bose National Fellow and Professor of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
· Dr. Murali Sastry (Nanobiotechnology) – Director, India Innovation Center of DSM India Private Limited, Gurgaon
· Professor Rabin Banerjee (Theoretical Physics and Cosmology) – Senior Professor, Department of Theoretical Sciences, S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata
· Professor Sandip P Trivedi (Theoretical Physics and Cosmology) – Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
· Dr. Sarit Kumar Das (Mechanical Engineering, Heat Transfer, Fluid Dynamics and Nanotechnology) – Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
· Professor Thanu Padmanabhan (Theoretical Physics and Cosmology) – Research Scientist, Core Academic Programmes, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune
· Professor Umesh Vasudeo Waghmare (Applied Physics and Materials Science, Computational Methods) – Professor, Theoretical Science Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore
· Dr. Varun Sahni (Theoretical Physics and Cosmology) – Professor, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune
· Professor Velayutham Murugesan (Physical, Organic, and Environmental Chemistry) – Professor of Chemistry (Eminence) & Advisor, Centre of Research, Department of Chemistry, Anna University, Chennai
· Dr. Vinod Kumar Garg (Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, and Bioresource Technology) – Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar
The Guest-of-Honour was Dr Thirumalachari. Ramasami, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science & Technology. The Guest Speaker was Professor Gautam R Desiraju, Structural Chemist, Indian Institute of Science, who has played a major role in the development and growth of the subject of crystal engineering. Professor Gautam was also a Thomson Reuters Award recipient in 2006. His topic for the evening was citations in research evaluation. The award ceremony was attended by more than 150 of the awardees’ industry peers from leading research institutions and libraries, companies and members of the government and policy institutions in India.
Commenting on the Awards, Mr. Vinay Singh, director of India, IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, said, “India continues to be an important contributor to the global research community as borne by the consistently influential body of research undertaken by these 10 award recipients. We are very pleased to host this event again to honour Indian researchers who are highly esteemed by not just their peers in India, but also around the world. We have always strongly supported the R&D efforts of India’s research and business community, and will continue to work closely with India’s institutions and companies to help them identify world-class research excellence.”
Said Dr. Wong Woei Fuh, Asia managing director, IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, “India has a long tradition of science. We are honoured to support India’s pursuit of scientific discovery and are excited about its dynamic research landscape. As the trusted partner of the Asia Pacific R&D community for 20 years, our fact-based methodology and information have helped researchers in India and across the region, to not only identify the fields where they are taking the global lead and making a significant contribution, but also gain insights to inform their research strategy and management. By helping research communities to accelerate their discovery and innovation with our information, be it scientific literature or citation indexing data, we are fostering closer collaboration so that their efforts can ultimately benefit society.”
According to Thomson Reuters Essential Science IndicatorsSM data, India is ranked among the top 20 nations (#16) worldwide by total citations attributed to its scientific papers published in Thomson Reuters-indexed journals from January 2001 through 31 August 2011. This is presented by ScienceWatch.com, the bi-monthly newsletter by Thomson Reuters for the international research community.
To learn more about the detailed methodology or profiles of the recipients of the Thomson Reuters Research Excellence – India Citation Awards 2012, visit http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/ssr/india-citation-awards-2012/
This event is part of a series of Asia Pacific Research Days hosted by Thomson Reuters to recognise research excellence in the region demonstrating how various communities are leading the world through scientific discoveries and innovation in their respective fields. Similar events have taken place previously in Australia (2012, 2008), China (2008), India (2009, 2006, 2004), Japan (2012, 2007, 2004), South Korea (2007) and Taiwan (2011, 2006).
Note to Editors:
The eight Thomson Reuters India Research Front Awards 2009 recipients were Professor Aniruddha B Pandit and Dr. Parag Ratnakar Gogate from University of Mumbai, Maharashtra; Dr. R Pannerselvam,
Dr. Ragupathi Gopi and Dr. Abdul Jaleel Cheruth from Annamalai University, Tamilnadu; Dr. G P S Raghava and Dr. Manoj Bhasin from Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh; and
Dr. Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh from National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Trivandrum.
The five Thomson Scientific Citation Laureate Award 2006 recipients from India were Professor Kalyanmoy Deb, Indian Institute of Technology, Uttar Pradesh (Computer Science); Professor Gautam R Desiraju, Indian Institute of Science (Chemistry); Professor Ashok Pandey, Biotech Research Society of India, Kerala, (Biology & Biochemistry); Professor Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre of Advance Scientific Research, Karanataka (Materials Science); and Professor Ashoke Sen, Harish Chandra Research Institute, Uttar Pradesh (Physics).
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