It is a privilege to India that an Indian American professor, Dr. Rakesh K. Jain, at Harvard Medical School, will be awarded with the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony early next month. He receives the honor with 16 other winners.
The annual National Medal of Science award, recognized since 1959, is given to individuals for their contribution to the field of science and engineering.
Jain did his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering in IIT-Kanpur, and his MS and PhD degrees in 1974 and 1976 in the University of Delaware, all in chemical engineering. After serving as assistant professor of chemical engineering from 1976 to 1978 at Columbia University, and as assistant, associate and full professor from 1978 to 1991 at Carnegie Mellon University, from 1991, Dr. Jain became the Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Tumor Biology (Radiation Oncology) at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Edwin L. Steele Laboratories of Tumor Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Jain is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.
Jain’s wide knowledge and interest in engineering, optics, immunology, molecular biology, mathematics and physiology were the chief qualification to his unique multidisciplinary approach to tumor biology.
Jain now excels in the area of tumor micro-environment and he is widely known for his important discoveries in tumor biology, bioengineering, in vivo imaging, drug delivery and bench-to-bedside translation.
A winner of over 75 awards for his contribution to medical and engineering field from various medical and engineering institutions and societies, Jain is a mentor of more than 200 master’, doctoral and postdoctoral students from over a dozen branches.
The new honor, Dr. Rakesh K. Jain is about to receive is described by the White House as “our nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology.”
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