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Indian-origin scientist Chennupati Jagadish awarded Australia’s highest civilian honour

Indian-origin scientist Prof. Chennupati Jagadish

Australia, Feb 10 (UITV)- Indian-origin scientist Prof. Chennupati Jagadish has received Australia’s highest civilian honour, a Companion of the Order of Australia, for his work in the field of physics.

Prof. 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.

Prof. Jagadish has dedicated the award to his two high school teachers, who wholeheartedly embraced the motivated student into their lives, inspiring a lifelong passion for science and technology while also installing the core values of simple living and high thinking.

“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 in Australian and global science,” said Prof. Jagadish upon receiving the award.

His research interests encompass compound semiconductor optoelectronics, nanotechnology, photovoltaic and material science.

As a distinguished professor of Physics at the Australian National University, he heads a $20 million cutting-edge research facility, has five international patents, 40 PhD students, 45 post-doctoral researches from Australia and overseas, and has 850 papers and several books to his credit.

Professor Jagadish, who was born in a small village of Southern India, recounted his own humble beginnings of how he studies 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.

Working closely with Australia India Strategic Research Fund, Prof. Jagadish and his wife Vidya have set up an endowment fund to help and support students and researchers from developing countries to visit ANU’s physics and engineering department.