Suprakas Sinha-Ray, an Indian immigrant who works at South Africa’s Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research, has made it onto the Thomson Reuters list of the world’s top 100 chemists of the decade.
Sinha-Ray came in at number 50 on the list and is the only representative from the African continent.
Since approximately one-million chemists were recorded in the journal publications indexed by Thomson Reuters during the last decade, these 100 represent the top 100th of 1%.
A number of former Nobel laureates feature on the list, which places Sinha-Ray in exceptional company. At age 37, he may also be the youngest chemist on the top 100 list.
“I can’t say for sure, but it looks like I am the only one below 40 years of age,” he said.
“This is a very proud moment for all of us and I believe also for the CSIR and South Africa,” Sinha-Ray said. “The selection criteria are very stringent … I have received hundreds of e-mails from around the world. Really, this is a great experience.”
Sinha-Ray, who heads up the CSIR/Department of Science and Technology’s National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials, holds a PhD in physical chemistry (polymer science and engineering) from the University of Calcutta, India.
Nanotechnology refers to a field of applied science and technology whose unifying theme is the control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale and the fabrication of devices within that size range. (Source – wikipedia)
South Africa has two innovation centres that help our country compete globally in the fast-developing fields of nanotechnology and nanoscience.
The National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials is based at the CSIR campus in Pretoria and the Department of Science and Technology/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre is based in Johannesburg.
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