Indian-origin physicist awarded Australia’s highest civilian honour

Australia has awarded its highest civilian honour, the Companion of the Order or Australia (AC) to India-origin scientist and professor Chennupati Jagadish.

By: Tech Desk | Published:January 26, 2016 2:55 pm
Professor Chennupati Jagadish, Australia civilian award, Republic Day, Republic Day Indians awards, Chennupati Jagadish award, Professor Jagadish awards, Companion of the Order or Australia, technology, technology news Professor Chennupati Jagadish has been awarded Australia’s highest civilian award for his contribution to physics, engineering.

Australia has awarded its highest civilian honour, the Companion of the Order or Australia (AC), to Indian-origin scientist and distinguished professor Chennupati Jagadish.

Professor Jagadish is currently the head of the Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group at the Australian National University. He was given the award in recognition for his service to physics and engineering.

“I am humbled, honoured and grateful for this honour. This is a wonderful recognition for 25+ years of work my research group at the Australian National University (ANU) in the field of semiconductor optoelectronics and nanotechnology,” said Professor Jagadish upon receiving the award.

“I am grateful to India providing me education and nurturing me from childhood to adulthood, and grateful to Australia for providing opportunities to contributes to science, in particular nanotechnology, and provide leadership to Australian and global science,” he added.

According to a report in the Guardian, Professor Jagadish’s projects include a new class of lasers that can help in telecommunications and “new lightweight solar cells with increased efficiency”. The report also notes how he’s been working on what he calls ‘brains on a chip’ or “artificial, trainable neurons.”

He thanked ANU, as well for providing him with opportunities for research for the last 25 years.

Professor Jagadish, who was born in a small village in Southern India, recounted his own humble beginnings of how he studied in front of a kerosene lamp till grade 7. He later went on to live with his high school maths and science teacher in order to complete his education.

“Without the help and support of my two high school teachers, I won’t be here today. I am humbled to receive highest civilian honour from the Government House,” he said.

Professor Jagadish and his wife also set-up an endowment fund in December 2015 to help support students and researchers from developing countries to visit ANU’s Physics and engineering department.

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    Arjun chavan
    Feb 10, 2016 at 8:59 pm
    Congratulations Sir you made India Proud...
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    Girish Ramaiah
    Jan 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm
    Congratulations Sir. I only wish that an environment of excellence is created in India too so that talented and competent people stay back in India. Modi Government should start some innovative scheme and open Insutes of Excellence where only merit is the criteria for appointment. NO Reservation for any category. Generations to come will be grateful to Modi.
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    Raghu Panjala
    Jan 26, 2016 at 11:21 am
    Congrats for your dedication.
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    p.kumar
    Jan 26, 2016 at 11:49 am
    Simply Excellent. India is proud of him and we are proud of our heritage and culture. If our young people remember and are inspired by such examples, India is set to replicate such achievements in plenty in the years ahead. Well done, professor!
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    madhu fan
    Jan 26, 2016 at 11:58 am
    thank you for acknowledging india's contributions in your journey.
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    sam alex
    Jan 26, 2016 at 1:10 pm
    U made india proud sir
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    veego
    Jan 26, 2016 at 10:13 am
    Congratulations Prof Jagadesh for your achievement. You were graceful enough to appreciate the contributions of your teachers and your humble beginnings. Pray you soar high with further achievements.
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    Augustus
    Jan 26, 2016 at 11:10 am
    These are the few people who glorify what India is all about, the best piece of news on this Republic Day
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