Three Indian-origin scientists have been elected as the Fellows of The Royal Society, a premier scientific academy of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, for their “outstanding contributions to science“.
Importantly, eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from or living and working in the UK and the Commonwealth nations (including India) are elected annually as the Fellows of The Royal Society. The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship society of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, medicine and engineering. The Royal Society elects new Fellows and Foreign Members annually who have made substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including engineering science, mathematics and medical science. Importantly, it is also the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence and was established in 1660.
Interestingly, the First Indian fellow to get elected was Ardaseer Cursetjee, an engineer, in 1841 and the second one was Srinivasa Ramanujan, an autodidact mathematician in 1918.
The current list includes Mr. Krishna Chatterjee from Cambridge University, recognised for his discoveries of genetic disorders of thyroid gland formation, regulation of hormone synthesis and hormone action. He was also responsible for the development of Clinical Research Facilities at the University of Cambridge.
Subhash Khot from New York University is a theoretical computer scientist, credited for throwing insight into unresolved problems in the field of computational complexity, especially known for his definition of the “Unique Games” problem.
Yadvinder Malhi from Oxford University is an ecosystem ecologist, recognised for his works on understanding the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems and its response to the pressures of global change, including climate change, degradation and loss of large animals.