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NRI alleges step-motherly treatment by Nobel Foundation

A US-based Indian scientist Monday appealed to the government to take up the "step-motherly treatment" meted out to Indian scientists by the Nobel Foundation of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences based in Stockholm.



Kolkata: A US-based Indian scientist Monday appealed to the government to take up the "step-motherly
treatment" meted out to Indian scientists by the Nobel
Foundation of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences based in
Stockholm.

Prof Mrinal Thakur, director of the Photonic Material
Research Laboratory in the Auburn University, urged the
government to take up the case of alleged flaw in the Nobel
Prize for Chemistry for 2000.

The Nobel Prize was bestowed on Alan J Heeger of the
University of California, Alan G MacDiarmid of the University
of Pennsylvania and Hideki Shirakawa of the University of
Tsukuba (Japan) for the discovery and development of
electrically conductive polymers.

But the NRI scientist, who has been repeatedly nominated
for the award, including in 2010, alleged flaws in the
selection of the winning trio.

Thakur claimed, "The Nobel committee was deceived into
awarding the prize on a fraudulent premise, a myth that he had
busted 12 years before the Nobel Prize was conferred."

PTI

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