Prof U Ramamurthy is a scientist from the department of Materials Engineering of the prestigious institute: Indian Institute of Science (IISc) . He has bagged the 2015 Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) prize, which carries a cash prize of $15,000, in the engineering category. Every year, TWAS gives eight prizes of $15,000 each in the fields of agricultural sciences, biology, chemistry , earth sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics, medical sciences and physics. The prizes are given to those scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years immediately prior to their nomination
Prof CNR Rao, former president of TWAS, told TOI: “This is a prestigious award because you are competing with some of the best scientists from China, Korea, Brazil and other countries. I hope this will encourage more people in the country to do research.”
Prof. Murthy says there are vast opportunities for research in India and it is students who have to come forward and opt for research. He believes that more funding towards will increase the research output from the country which will give confidence to the future generations to opt for research. It is this opportunity that made him leave US after working at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Prof . Murthy earlier won Shanthi Swaroop Bhtanagar Award in engineering category in the year 2011. Prof Murthy currently heads the research group “Sukshma” which works in the areas of materials and material strengths.
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