Prof. Biman Bagchi, Honorary Professor at Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, IISc, has recently received several prestigious awards and honours:
Prof. Bagchi has been elected as a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.”
Prof. Bagchi was selected for the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Humboldt Science Research Award – 2019 in recognition of his work in chemical sciences. This award recognizes career achievements of senior scientists whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. Past awardees in chemistry include several Nobel Laureates.
Prof. Bagchi has been awarded the National Science Chair, conferred by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). This Chairrecognises active eminent senior resident Indian superannuated scientists for their outstanding contributions both nationally and internationally, in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Medicine, to promote excellence and growth in R&D.
Professor Bagchi joined IISc in August 1984, and retired as a Professor and Dean of Science, in July 2019. He continues as an Honorary Professor and a National Chair Professor at SSCU, IISc. During this entire period, he and his group worked on a large number of problems in the general areas of physical chemistry/chemical physics and biology. His work has mostly been inter-disciplinary in nature, although he primarily is a theoretical physical chemist. He has published about 480 papers and authored 3 major science books (published by Oxford, Cambridge, and Francis-Taylor-CRC Presses). His work is widely known and has been deeply influential in many areas.”