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An Outlook jury nominates 20 Indian science luminaries for the Nobel. Will one of these Magi deliver us from the tunnel?

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A neurobiologist, a nanotechnologist, an astrophysicist and a superstring theorist are tipped by the major-domos of India’s science community to end the country’s 20-year Nobel drought in physics, chemistry and medicine.

Later if not sooner.

An elite Outlook jury of five well-known scientists and two science writers believes it’s a toss-up between Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, C.N.R. Rao, Shrinivas R. Kulkarni and Ashoke Sen respectively, to bring home the next science Nobel.

  • Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, 51, director, Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California in San Diego, discovered the now well-known phantom limb syndrome. Named by Newsweek as one of the hundred most prominent people to watch for in the present century, he has explored a diverse set of phenomena, the neurological basis of visual illusions and the perception of art.

    ‘Rama’, as Ramachandran is better known, has answered questions no scientist would seriously address. Why do we laugh? Why do we become depressed? How do we make decisions,...

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