3 Indian-origin persons get Australia’s top civilian award
Chennupati Jagadish, an eminent professor at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Jay Chandra, an eye doctor in New South Wales, and Sajeev Koshy,a dentist in Melbourne, received Order of Australia medal for the year 2016 announced on the Australia Day.education Updated: Jan 27, 2016 18:29 IST
Three Indian-origin persons have been awarded Australia’s highest civilian honour for their contribution in the fields of physics, engineering and medicine.
Chennupati Jagadish, an eminentprofessor atAustralian National University (ANU)in Canberra, Jay Chandra,an eye doctor inNew South Wales, and Sajeev Koshy,adentist in Melbourne, receivedOrder of Australia medal for the year 2016 announced on theAustralia Day.
Jagadishwas conferred with the award for hiseminent service to physics and engineering, particularly in the field of nanotechnology, to education as a leading academic, researcher, author and mentor, and through executive roles with national and international scientific advisoryinstitutions.
Jagadish was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to physics and engineering,particularly in the fieldof nanotechnology, to education as a leading academic, researcher, author and mentor, and through executive roles with national and international scientific advisoryinstitutions.
“This is a wonderful recognition for 25 plus years of work with my research group at the ANU,” Jagadish, who works on semiconductor optoelectronics and nanotechnology.
Chandra, aneye doctor whohas been the head of vitreoretinal surgery at Westmead Hospital since the unit opened in 1985,also received the award for hissignificant service to medicine in the field of ophthalmology as a clinician, and to the international community through eye care programs.
“I’m not a showy person but I was glad to be recognised,” he was quoted as saying in a report
“The field I specialise in is one of the most difficult in eye surgery. God has given me these skills and a good life in Australia,” he said.
Koshy, who lives in Melbourne, was awarded the medal for hisservice to dentistry in the state.
This year’s Australia Day honours list included over600 peoplewhose remarkableachievements range from high-profile humanitarian missions to humble work at the grassroots level of society’s most needy.
“They are a source of courage, support and inspiration, and we are a stronger, safer and more caring nation because of them,” Governor-General Peter Cosgrove said in announcing the awards.
First Published: Jan 27, 2016 18:08 IST