An Indian- American Professor, Dr. Rakesh Jain, 65, has received the prestigious award "National Medal of Science". The award will given by President Obama at a White House ceremony to be held early next year. Dr. Rakesh Jain will receive the honour along with 16 other winners of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a White House ceremony
"Science and technology are fundamental to solving some of our Nation's biggest challenges. The knowledge produced by these Americans today will carry our country's legacy of innovation forward and continue to help countless others around the world. Their work is a testament to American ingenuity", said Obama.
Dr. Rakesh K. Jain is the Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Tumor Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Harvard Medical School. His work on cancer therapies led to the discovery of an alternate use of Avastin, an anti-tumor cell pharmaceutical compound produced by Genentech, as an inhibitor for blood vessel growth necessary for tumor growth. His award-winning work on tumour biology has also been recognized by number of other professional recognitions and is also widely recognized for his seminal discoveries in tumour biology, drug delivery, in vivo imaging and bioengineering.
Dr. Rakesh Jain is a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, from the prestigious IIT-Kanpur. His MS and PhD degrees are from the University of Delaware. He has been working in medical research at Harvard Medical School from the beginning and has distinguished himself in the medical field, applying engineering into medicine. This is a unique case where engineering and medicine work very closely together for the betterment of humankind.
The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering.