Two Nobel laureates to deliver lecture series at Hyderabad Univ

M Somasekhar Hyderabad | Updated on January 08, 2018

A file picture of Hiroshi Amano of Japan, 2014 Nobel physics laureate, posing with his signature on a chair at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm on December 6, 2014 when that year's Nobel laureates gathered for the traditional signing of the chairs. -- REUTERS

Though Hyderabad, especially Osmania University, has lost the chance to host the Indian Science Congress, it will not miss out on the chance to listen to a few Nobel laureates. Two Nobel Laureates, who were to address the Indian Science Congress planned originally at the Osmania University in Hyderabad during January 3-7, will still make it to the city, thanks to the University of Hyderabad.

Erwin Neher, the 1991 laureate for Physiology for Medicine from Germany and Hiroshi Amano, the 2014 Physics prize winner from Japan, will deliver the Hyderabad Lecture Series. Interestingly, the Lecture Series is sponsored out of a corpus donated by the IRDA to the UoH.

Osmania University lost the opportunity to host the 105th session of the Science Congress on account of the prevailing situation on campus and the University and the state government expressing its inability to hold it. It has been subsequently moved to Manipur Central University in the middle of March.

With the last-minute developments, OU has missed out on hosting the mega event, especially during its centenary celebrations. The postponement has been an embarrassment for the university as nearly eight Nobel Laureates who were to take part in the conference had made their travel plans early. They were to be honoured by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inaugural function.

According to UoH, the Japanese laureate, Hiroshi Amano will give a public lecture on January 3 at the campus. He will speak on 'Blue LEDs and Transformative Electronics for Developing Sustainable Smart Society'. Erwin Neher will talk on 'Ion Channels: Their Discovery and their Role in Biomedicine and Pharmacology,' on January 4, the University said in a press release.

The Hyderabad Lecture Series is sponsored by the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) through a grant given as a corpus fund to UoH since 2013 through an endowment.

Published on January 02, 2018

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