BENGALURU:A physics professor from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Ajay Sood, who has had a career spanning over four decades, was chosen for his work on nanotechnology and for initiating several contemporary researches and providing deep insights into some of physics’ long-standing questions.
The Royal Society is the United Kingdom’s national academy of science and includes several prominent scientists and engineers from the Commonwealth. So far, 42 Indians including Srinivasa Ramanujan, Sir C V Raman and C N R Rao have been elected Fellows of the Society.
This year, 47 new Fellows and 10 new foreign members were inducted. In its citation, the Royal Society has said “the originality, diversity and significance of Professor Sood’s contributions are truly remarkable and noteworthy”. It recognises him as “one of the important leaders of Indian science in general and physics in particular”.
Reacting to the honour, Prof Sood told Express, “I feel happy, honoured and humbled. It is humbling because of the other people elected as Fellows.”
He called this a recognition of Indian science. “I not only feel good for me, I feel good for my students, collaborators, department, the institute, and the country.”
In 2003, Sood and his team at IISc generated electricity by allowing liquid and gas flow over carbon nanotubes, thereby unveiling a new kind of physics. The discovery, often called the ‘Sood Effect’, finds application in many areas, from medical appliances like pacemakers to gas pipelines.