Allahabad: Leading physicist Ashoke Sen was Thursday conferred the MP Birla Golden Jubilee Award for 2013, for his pioneering fundamental research in string theory.
Sen, a world-renowned professor of the city-based Harish Chandra Research Institute, was handed over the award by S.K. Daga, trustee and secretary, managing committee, of the M.P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research at the Anand Kanan (Birla House), Jhansi.
The award includes a trophy, citation, and a cheque of Rs.251,000, M.P. Birla Planetarium director (research & academics) Debiprosad Duari said in a statement.
The award is given once in every two years to the country`s leading scientists working in the field of astronomy, space science and allied subjects by the M.P. Birla planetarium, Kolkata, in memory of late Madhav Prasad Birla.
Instituted in 1993, the earlier recipients of the award include leading scientists like J.V. Narlikar, Kasturirangan, Madhavan Nair and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.