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ISA Medal for Science 2018 to Prof. Gautam Desiraju

ISA Medal for Science to Prof. Gautam Desiraju, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Oct 12, 2018 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Where Sala VIII Centenario - Palazzo Poggi, via Zamboni 33, Bologna

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The Academic Board of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Bologna has attributed the ISA Medal for Science 2018 to prof. Gautam R. Desiraju (India). The ISA Medal for Science is the highest honor awarded by the Institute to scholars who are worldwide acknowledged for their scientific stature and the broad impact of their research.

The award ceremony will take place on October 12 at 4 p.m. in the VIII centenario lecture hall. After receiving the ISA medal from the hands of the Magnifico Rettore, prof. Desiraju will  deliver the Lectio Magistralis "Science and society. What do they owe each other?".

The mission of the Institute of Advanced Studies is to support the development of interdisciplinary research at the University of Bologna by facilitating visits from distinguished scholars from abroad. The ISA Medal is awarded by the Rector of the University of Bologna and by the Director of ISA to individuals or groups for their contribution to knowledge in science and technology as well as in human, social and behavioral sciences. Award winners are selected annually by the Academic board of ISA from proposals made by professors and researchers of the University of Bologna. The complete list of scholars who have received the Medal since its inception in 2006 is published on the Institute web site at http://www.isa.unibo.it/en/activities/isa-medal-for-sciences

Prof. Gautam Desiraju CV

Prof. Gautam R. Desiraju is a structural chemist who has been in the Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, since 2009. Prior to this, he had been in the University of Hyderabad for 30 years. Prof. Desiraju has played a fundamental role in the development and growth of the subject of crystal engineering, a booming field of research which is attracting the interest of both the academic and industrial worlds. In particular, prof Desiraju is noted for gaining acceptance for the theme of weak hydrogen bonding among chemists and crystallographers. His books on crystal engineering (Elsevier, 1989; World Scientific, 2011) and the weak hydrogen bond in structural chemistry and biology (OUP, 1999) are particularly well known. He is one of the most highly cited Indian scientists with more than 425 research papers, 40000 citations and an H-index of 83.

He has won international awards such as the Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis and the TWAS award in Chemistry. He has guided the Ph.D work of around 40 students. He has edited three multi-author books in solid state and supramolecular chemistry. He is presently a member of the editorial advisory boards of Angewandte Chemie, Journal of the American Chemical Society and Chemical Communications. He is the Immediate Past President of the International Union of Crystallography. He is a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina and of the Rayalaseema University, Kurnool. He was awarded the Acharya P. C. Ray Medal (2015) of the University of Calcutta for innovation in science and technology.