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NRI scientists honoured

world Updated: Sep 29, 2011 00:30 IST

Three distinguished Indian Americans, two inventors and a researcher, figure among a dozen top scientists and innovators named by US President Barack Obama as recipients of the nation's highest honours in their fields.

New York University's Srinivasa SR Vardhan is among seven researches named to receive the National Medal of Science, while two Indian Institute of Technology alumni - Purdue University's Rakesh Agarwal and North Carolina State Univeristy's B Jayant Baliga are among five named for Technology and Innovation medals.

"Each of these extraordinary scientists, engineers, and inventors is guided by a passion for innovation, a fearlessness even as they explore the very frontiers of human knowledge, and a desire to make the world a better place," Obama said in a statement Tuesday.

"Their ingenuity inspires us all to reach higher and try harder no matter how difficult the challenges we face."

The recipients will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.