Published: 09th November 2020
How many Indian scientists featured in Stanford's list of top 2% scientists in the world? Get full list here
In an exhaustive list of over 100,000 persons, 1,492 Indians have found a place, with a majority of them being from IITs and IISc and other top institutes, representing fields like physics and more
At least 1500 scientists, researchers from prestigious universities in India have featured in a list of top two per cent of the world scientists recently. The database was curated by a team of experts at Stanford University and has been published in one of the more reputed journals, PLOS Biology. The report, prepared by experts, at Stanford has listed over 100,000 scientists, whose published research manuscripts have accelerated progress in their respective fields and influenced the productivity of other researchers' work as well.
Sixty-seven faculty members from IIT Kharagpur have been featured in the list. Professor Suman Chakraborty (Fluids and Plasmas – Mechanical Engineering and Transports) is leading the list from IIT Kharagpur, followed by Professor Debabrata Das (Energy – Biotechnology), Professor Pratim Chattaraj (Chemical Physics – Organic Chemistry), Professor Ajay Singh (Environmental Engineering), Professor Ramkrishna Sen (Biotechnology), and other luminaries.
A total of 22 faculty members, researchers of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) have also featured in Stanford's list. The IIT Guwahati faculty members featured in the updated list are from various scientific fields, such as - the Departments of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Biosciences and Bioengineering, Chemistry, Electrical and Electronics. Some of the scientists featured on the list include Ajaikumar B Kunnumakkara, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Gautam Biswas, Former Director, IITG, Mihir Kumar Purkait, Department of Chemical Engineering, TG Sitharam, Director, IITG. Speaking about the contributions made by the faculty members of the institute, Director TG Sitharam said, “This recognition of several faculty in the world’s top two per cent of scientists list has placed IIT Guwahati in the global map of science and has brought great pride to the Institute. I congratulate all the 22 scientists and their hard work and commitment to furthering science.”
Out of the total number of scientists featured, 25 are from Lucknow — six each from CDRI and IITR, four from SGPGI, three each from KGMU and LU and one each from IET-AKTU and IIM-Lucknow, among others. Seven faculty members of Tezpur University are also among 1,494 Indian scientists featured in the list.
Here's a list of few other prominent names who were recognised in the list:
Dr RA Mashelkar — who pioneered Gandhian Engineering
Ahmed Kamal — Jamia Hamdard Pro-Chancellor
Ambuj Sagar, DK Sharma, KA Subramaniam — IIT Delhi
Prof Rakesh Aggarwal, currently on deputation as Director of JIPMER Puducherry
Dr Vidya Arankalle — former director grade scientists at National Institute of Virology
Dr Bhushan Patwardhan — Vice-chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC)
Dr T Padmanabhan — A theoretical physicist
Dr Naresh Dadich — From IUCAA
Dr Sundeep Salvi and Dr C S Yajnik — top names in their respective fields of respiratory medicine and diabetes
AK Srivastava, Deepak Kumar, Vishnu J Ram from Lucknow University
Ashok Pandey, Kunwar P Singh, Rikabh C Srimal, Y Shukla, BS Khangarot, Poonam Kakkar, Biswaroop Das from IIT Roorkee
Prof KS Rangappa — former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mysore (UoM) and past General President of Indian Science Congress Association
Prof Ranjan Bose — Director of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi), national coordinator for the Mission Project on Virtual Labs, and recipient of Vikram Sarabhai Research Award
Prof GPS Raghava — Bio-informatician, head of the Department of Computational Biology at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, and recipient of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in 2008
The entire list created by Stanford University and released recently in the journal PLOS and can be accessed at this link: