C.N.R. Rao

Vice Chancellor of Presidency University Anuradha Lohia (L) confers Doctor of Science (honoris causa) on Bharat Ratna legendary scientist CNR Rao during the 6th annual convocation of the University, in Kolkata. Dadasaheb Phalke awardee legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee (R) looks on.

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C.N.R. Rao being congratulated by students after being conferred the Bharat Ratna

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Prof C.N.R. Rao

Jitender Gupta

In Decoration Can the doyen of the study and research in chemistry in India act the fan with Sachin? That too at the Bharat Ratna award ceremony? For all we know, C.N.R. Rao says thanks, while speedily choosing his favourite among a hundred milestones.


When I Call, You Must Run The ability to listen is a science too. The two ratnas give each other court with an air of easy bonhomie, like they genuinely enjoy batting with each other. What matters if one is 80 and the other a perennial teenager?


President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde with Bharat Ratna recipients eminent scientist Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar during the award ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao, left, receives the "Bharat Ratna" award from President Pranab Mukherjee during an awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Bond energy CNR with his students


Eminent Scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee C N R Rao is greeted by the children at a 'Meet the Press' event in Bengaluru.

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His Head Is Golden After a long time, a scientist has been chosen for the Bharat Ratna—chemist C.N.R. Rao, an international expert in material science. At least, not a doltish oversight. Prof Rao looks justly delighted in a Mysore peta presented by Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah.


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