New Delhi: Noted professor and Dean of Core
Academic Programmes at Inter University Centre for Astronomy
and Astrophysics, Thanu Padmanabhan, have been selected for the
Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Prize in Physics for
Padmanabhan has been awarded for developing a
thermodynamical perspective in which gravity arises as an
emergent phenomenon and for contributing significantly to
understand dark energy, TWAS said in a statement.
TWAS is an autonomous international organisation, based
in Trieste, Italy, that promotes scientific excellence for
sustainable development in the South.
The award comprises USD 15,000 and a personalised plaque
which will be given to him during the award ceremony in 2012.
His research work in the field of gravity has fetched him
four prizes in the last seven years from the Gravity Research
Foundation, USA, including the First Award in 2008,
Padmanabhan has won numerous awards including Shanti
Swarup Bhatnagar Award (CSIR), The Millennium Medal (CSIR), GD Birla Award, Homi Bhabha Fellowship, JC Bose National Fellowship, INSA Vainu-Bappu Medal, Al-Khwarizmi International Award, Miegunah Fellowship of University of Melbourne.
He is also currently the Chairman of the Astrophysics
Commission of International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.
In recognition of his achievements, the President of
India awarded him the medal of honour, Padma Shri, in 2007.