Indian researcher bags top US chemistry prize

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Its raining laurels for Indian-American scientists these days.

And it is the turn of another researcher - developer of an environment friendly field analyser for checking toxic arsenic levels in water - to be honoured this time.

Purnendu Dasgupta - a chemistry professor at the University of Texas - has bagged the coveted J Calvin Giddings Award 2015 for his contribution in the field of analytical chemistry.

He will receive a plaque and cash prize as the reward.

The Award

  • The annual national award is given by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Analytical Chemistry.
  • It honors a scientist who has enhanced the personal and professional development of analytical chemistry students by publishing influential textbooks, designing new approaches to analytical chemistry, mentoring students, developing and publishing innovative experiments, or designing improved equipment.

The Awardee

  • He - author of over 400 scientific papers - holds 25 research patents in US that earns him over $18 million in research grants.
  • His notable work includes methods for environment-friendly analysis of arsenic in drinking water, rapid analysis of trace heavy metals in the atmosphere, and the development of a NASA-funded ion chromatograph for testing extraterrestrial soil - such as on Mars. 

Good Days for Indian Scientists?

  • Recently, $500000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award was given to 2 Indian researchers - Srikanth Jagabathula and Gurpreet Singh.
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