Prof. C. N. R. Rao's interview with MoneyLIFE magazine

Tommy Thomson, a very famous scientist, used to tell me, "You know Ram, to succeed in India, you should be partly deaf- you should not hear everything and you should be partly blind- don't see everything". Infact, you can not be too sensitive in India; otherwise, you will be negative, sarcastic and cynical. That's why I try to help young people. I know what I went through; I used to be miserable about the criticism and how people would treat me. For instance, when I started a new subject called Solid State Chemistry a lot of people were extremely critical; ‘what is this humbug, what is solid state chemistry? Is there something called liquid state chemistry”?- Professor  C. N. R. Rao. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

“ We have interviewed scientists before but this time we bring someone known in India as “Mr. Science” and has been conferred an astounding 40 honorary doctorates. Dr. C.N.R. Rao, the world’s foremost solid state and materials chemist, is currently the Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore and Chairman of the Science Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister. At 73, his passion is nanotechnology, especially the nanomaterials consisting of carbon nanotubes. He has authored over 1400 research papers and edited or written 41 books in materials chemistry. There is hardly any academy that has not made him a fellow/member, including The Royal Society London, National Academy of Sciences and Japan Academy. There is a wide consensus that he would have easily won a Nobel Prize by now if he were working in a Western country. Dr. Rao spoke to MoneyLIFE editors Sucheta Dalal and Debashis Basu about his career and his views on where Indian science is headed, given the way bright students are sucked by the software sector” -  MoneyLIFE

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