UK honour for top Indian-origin scientists

UK honour for top Indian-origin scientists

Tejinder Virdee,the designer of Large Hadron Collider,is a Bangalore-based biologist and a mathematician.

Prasun Sonwalkar

The designer of the Large Hadron Collider,a Bangalore-based biologist and a mathematician described as “extremely original” are among six Indian-origin scientists elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Society for 2012.

The society,founded in 1660 to recognise,promote and support excellence in science,has over the years awarded the fellowship to nearly 1,500 individuals,including Albert Einstein,Stephen Hawking and Isaac Newton. The Fellows,elected for life,include more than 80 Nobel Laureates.

The six Indian-origin scientists are among 44 experts elected for 2012 and include Tejinder Singh Virdee,professor of physics at Imperial College London,distinguished for the design,construction and exploitation of the huge CMC (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.


Bangalore-based Professor Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan,director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences,Tata Institute of Fundamental Research,is described as an “inspirational leader successfully promoting excellence in Indian biology”.

Professor Chandra-shekhar Bhalchandra Khare,based at University of California,Los Angeles,is described as “an extremely original mathematician” studying the relationship between Galois representations and modular forms.