UNESCO's 'Kalinga Samman' for Scientists From Orissa

UNESCO's 'Kalinga Samman' for Scientists From Orissa
Fifty-eight years after sponsoring Kalinga Prize established by Unesco for popularisation of science globally, Kalinga Foundation Trust (KFT) today announced introduction of 'Kalinga Samman' for the scientists from Orissa.

This was announced by information and public relations minister Prafulla Samal here today. The winner of the first Kalinga Samman would be honoured in presence of the Unesco general conference President Davidson L Hepburn.

Though 63 scientists, including nobel laureates from 22 countries, have been honoured with Kalinga Prize none from the state could get it, Samal said.

Indian scientists could make it only five times while Britishers won Kalinga Prize 10 times followed by USA scientists for seven times. Scientists from India, France and Russia had got the prize for five times each.

"Therefore, KFT decided to honour son of the soil by introducing Kalinga Samman," Samal said adding the Samman would carry Rs 1 lakh cash prize and a citation for scientists and persons who have made outstanding contribution to the interpretation of science and technology to general public.

Legendary Biju Patnaik had founded KFT in 1951 which had been giving away the international Kalinga Prize annually from 1952. Kalinga Prize carried a cash prize of 12,000 pound and a citation.

Some of the great scientists/personalities who have been awarded Kalinga Prize are Louis de Brogile (1952), Julian Huxley (1953), George Gamow (1956), Bertrand Russel (1957), Karl von Frisch (1958), Arthur C. Clarke (1961), Fred Hoyle (1967) and Sergei Kapitza (1979).

Prof Yash Pal was winner of Kalinga Prize in 2009, said KFT secretary Bimal Das.

"We will also felicitate the Unesco general conference president and the Kalinga Prize winners from India at a function here on November 12," Das said adding that Unesco had recognised the foundation by naming a star after Kalinga on the occasion of its golden jubilee.
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