Bharat Ratna Veteran Indian Chemist C.N.R. Rao honoured with International ENI Award 2020 | Daily Current Affairs 2021

Bharat Ratna Veteran Indian Chemist C.N.R. Rao honoured with International ENI Award 2020

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Bharat Ratna Veteran Indian Chemist C.N.R. Rao

Bharat Ratna Professor C.N.R. Rao has recently been honoured with the International ENI Award 2020.


  • Professor Rao has been conferred with the award for his work on carbon nanotubes, metal oxides, and other materials and two-dimensional systems, which includes boron-nitrogen-carbon hybrid materials, graphene, and molybdenum sulfide for the production of energy application and green hydrogen.
  • He has been working on hydrogen energy as the only source of energy for the benefit of all mankind. Photochemical and electrochemical production of hydrogen, hydrogen storage, non-metallic catalysis, and solar production of hydrogen were the highlights of his work.
  • He will be presented the Eni Awards 2020 on 14 October 2021, during an official ceremony held at the Quirinal Palace in Rome.

About the Award:

  • The Eni Award is awarded annually by the Italian oil and gas company Eni to encourage better use of energy sources and increased environmental research.
  • International ENI Award is also called the Energy Frontier award.
  • The International Eni Award is considered to be the Nobel Prize in Energy Research.
  • The award has been recognized internationally over the years in the field of energy and environmental research. 
  • The award includes a cash prize and a specially minted gold medal.

About Professor C.N.R Rao:

  • Professor Rao is an Indian chemist who has worked mainly in structural and solid-state chemistry.
  • He has honorary doctorates from 60 universities around the world and has authored around 51 books and 1,600 research publications.
  • He is described as a scientist who has won all the possible awards in his field except Nobel Prize.
  • He joined the Indian Institute of Science in 1959 and eventually became its director from 1984 to 1994.
  • He was the Chair of Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Minister of India from 1985 to 1989 and 2005 to 2014.
  • On November 16, 2013, he was selected for Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India.
  • He is the third scientist after C.V. Raman and A.P.J Abdul Kalam to receive the award.

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