Prof. C.N.R. Rao (born on 30 June 1934, Bangalore, India) is the National Research Professor as well as Honorary President and Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Science. C.N.R. Rao obtained his PhD degree from Purdue University and DSc degree from the University of Mysore. His research interests are in the chemistry of materials. He has authored nearly 1500 research papers and edited or written 42 books in chemistry. Prof. Rao is a member of several academies including the Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences, French Academy, The Japan Academy and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of the Einstein Gold Medal of UNESCO, Hughes Medal of the Royal Society, and the Somiya Award of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS). He is the first recipient of the India Science Award by the Government of India (2005) and received the Dan David Prize for science in the future dimension for his research in Materials Science. He was named as Chemical Pioneer by the American Institute of Chemists (2005), “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” by the President of the French Republic (2005) and received the Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Physics, London (2006) and Honorary Fellowship of St. Catherine’s College, Oxford (2007). He received the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science, Technology and Innovation (2008). He was awarded the Royal Medal by the Royal Society (2009) and the August-Wilhelm-von-Hoffmann Medal for his outstanding contributions to chemistry by the German Chemical Society (2010). He received the Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize for materials research in 2011 and was Albert Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012. He received Bharat Ratna Award in 2014.
Prof. Rao is immediate past President of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and Member of the Atomic Energy Commission of India.