Three Indian Scientists elected as Fellows of The Royal Society

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Three Indian Scientists are on the list of fifty scientists elected as Fellows of The Royal Society, a premier scientific academy of the U.K. and the Commonwealth. The three Indian Scientists are :-

Physicist Sriram Ramaswamy : He is professor in Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He is also Director of TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad.

He works on two broad areas: Collective movement of self-propelled (“active”) matter through fluids and non-living imitations of self-propulsion.

Biochemist Ramanujan Hegde: Currently working at MRC Laboratory of Microbiology, UK. His work shows that even modest failures of proteins to reach their correct cellular destination could lead to neurodegeneration, which cells avoid by targeting the proteins.

Applied mathematician Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan : He is IIT-Madras alumnus. His scientific work deals with understanding geometrical and dynamical patterns of shape and flow in biological and physical matter.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society which is said to be the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence was established in 1660.

It a self-governing fellowship society of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, medicine and engineering.

Its mission is to recognise, support and promote excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. 

Since the Royal Society’s foundation in 1660, about 8,000 Fellows have been elected, with persons of Indian origin numbering about 60.

First Indian fellow to get elected was Ardaseer Cursetjee, an engineer, in 1841 and the second one was Srinivasa Ramanujan, autodidact mathematician in 1918.

The Royal Society elects new Fellows and Foreign Members every year. Candidates must have made “a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science.”

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