Climbing the Limitless Ladder: A Life in Chemistry

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World Scientific, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 222 pages
This important book is an autobiographical account of doing scientific research in India. It provides an insight to the perseverance of a scientist from a developing country. His relentless pursuit of excellence in chemistry for more than half a century is a remarkable source of inspiration to young scientists facing modern-day challenges.
 

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Contents

1 Those Days
1
Banaras to Berkeley
19
3 In Search of a Place and a Purpose
39
4 A Long Journey
71
5 Labyrinths of Power
111
6 Great Fraternity
131
7 Reflections
149
Doing Science as a Way of Life
175
Appendices
189
Subject Index
217
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Prof. C. N. R. Rao has published around 1400 Research papers and 36 books (edited or authored) in a career spanning 50 years. His books have been translated into other languages and several have grown to include several editions. He is widely recognized and is a member of all major science academies. He has been honoured with 34 Honoris Causa doctorate degrees from universities around the world. He is currently the President of the Third World Academy of Science. He was formerly the President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. He has won numerous other International and National awards, a recent one being the Somiya award from the IUMRS (April, 2004).

Dr. P. John Thomas obtained his Ph.D. recently from JNCASR, working in the field of nanocrystals and is currently a Research Associate in the same place.

Dr. G. U. Kulkarni is an Associate Professor at JNCASR. He has over 100 publications to his credit. He is working in the field of nanocrystals for the past ten years or so.

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