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Bharat Ratna Rao is first Indian member of Chinese Academy of Science

Bharat Ratna awardee CNR Rao has become the first Indian to be elected as an honorary foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Science.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2013 01:08 IST
Vanita Srivastava

Bharat Ratna awardee CNR Rao has become the first Indian to be elected as an honorary foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Science.

“I got the letter from the academy on Friday and have sent my confirmation,” Rao, who was last week conferred the Bharat Ratna — the highest civilian award — for his contribution to science, told HT.

“It is a wonderful feeling. I had been a member of major scientific academies, but this, the Chinese Science Academy, is very big,” professor Rao said.

“CNR Rao is the first Indian scientist to be elected to this prestigious academy, which consists of several Nobel laureates and eminent scientists of the world,” Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, of which Rao is a founder and honorary president, said.

The Chinese Academy of Science that had on January, 2012, bestowed upon him the award for international scientific cooperation has now topped it by electing Rao at its general assembly on November 4, as an honorary foreign member.