The prize committee unanimously decided to award this to Professor Rao of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre forAdvanced Scientific Research, JNCASR . The award involves a plaque, a medal and a cash prize of USD 100000. The award will be presented to Rao during the International Workshop on Advanced Materials in Ras Al Khaima,UAE, on February 25. His Highness Sheikh Saud will be presenting the award to Rao. Professor Rao is the National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary Presidentof Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India in 2014.