Gauri Lankesh First Indian to Win Anna Politkovskaya Award & CNR Rao Selected for Von Hippel Award (Download PDF)


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Late Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh was awarded “Reach All Women in WAR” (RAW in WAR) Anna Politkovskaya Award. Eminent Scientist and Bharat Ratna Prof C. N. R. Rao was awarded 2017 Von Hippel Award, the highest international prize in materials research.

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Image of Kannada Journalist Gauri Lankesh

Image of Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh First Indian to Win Anna Politkovskaya Award

  • She shared this award with Gulalai Ismail, a Pakistani peace activist facing death threats for speaking out against Taliban.

  • Gauri Lankesh became first Indian to receive this honour for being strident critic of religious extremism.

  • She was shot dead on September 5, 2017 in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Gauri Lankesh

  • Worked as an editor in Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada weekly started by her father P. Lankesh

  • Ran her weekly called Gauri Lankesh Patrike.

  • Often wrote about critical topics like religious violence, malaise of India’s hierarchical caste system and rise of hardline Hindu groups.

Gulalai Ismail

Image of Gulalai Ismail

Image of Gulalai Ismail

Image of Gulalai Ismail

  • She is Pashtun human rights activist from Pakistan

  • Chairperson of Aware Girls and the Seeds of Peace network.

  • Passionate on promoting peace in Pakistan and women’s empowerment she speaks at conferences internationally

  • Also recipient of the International Humanist of the Year Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and of the Fondation Chirac Peace Prize.

Anna Politkovskaya Award

  • Anna Politkovskaya Award is given in memory of slain Russian reporter and political activist Anna Politkovskaya- Russian investigative reporter uncovering state corruption and rights abuses.

  • Mark the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder on 7th October 2006

  • RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) annually presents the Anna Politkovskaya Award to female human rights defender from conflict zone who stood up for the victims of this conflict at great personal risk.

  • RAW in WAR is a London-based, non-governmental organisation (NGO) supporting women human rights defenders and victims of war.

CNR Rao Awarded 2017 Von Hippel

Image of CNR Rao Awarded 2017 Von Hippel

Image of CNR Rao Awarded 2017 Von Hippel

Image of CNR Rao Awarded 2017 Von Hippel

  • First Indian and first Asian to win this honour.

  • Awarded for his interdisciplinary contributions to development of novel functional materials, including nanomaterials, graphene, superconductivity, 2D materials and colossal magnetoresistance

C. N. R. Rao

  • Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao is eminent scientist and foremost solid state and materials chemists.

  • Worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry.

  • First Indian scientist to reach the h-index of 100.

  • Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research, Bengaluru and a former Chair of the Japan-India Science Council.

  • Had served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Ministers of India.

  • Was awarded India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 2014.

Von Hippel Award

  • Instituted by Materials Research Society (MRS) - organisation with members in 90 countries.

  • Named after Arthur von Hippel (1898 - 2003), a pioneer in study of dielectrics, semiconductors, ferromagnetic, and ferroelectrics. He

  • Award recognizes brilliance and originality of intellect with vision across conventional scientific disciplines.

  • Award includes a $10, 000 cash prize, honorary membership in MRS, and trophy with mounted ruby laser crystal symbolizing the many-faceted nature of materials research.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 9, 2017


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