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20 October 2009

TWAS Elects Fifty New Members

TWAS has just announced the election of 50 new members.

Durban, South Africa. Forty-five new 'Fellows' and five new 'Associate Fellows' have just been elected into the TWAS membership. The election took place this morning at the Academy's 20th General Meeting and 11th General Conference in Durban, South Africa. The names, affiliations and citations of the new TWAS members, who will be inducted during TWAS's 21th General Meeting next year, are listed here: 

01. Agricultural Sciences

BEACHY Roger (USA), b.4-10-1944, PhD. President and Director, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO, USA. Dr. Beachy was the first to develop transgenic plants with resistance to virus infection and disease, using the novel strategy ‘coat protein mediated resistance’. Fellow of US National Academy of Science and Indian National Science Academy, Dr. Beachy has won the Wolf Prize the D.R. Hoagland and the Ruth Allen Awards, as well as the “Scientist of the Year” Award of R&D Magazine. 
Elected as Associate Fellow.

CHAIBI, M. Thameur (Tunisia). b.13-5-1961. PhD, Senior Researcher, Department of Human Resources, Science & Technology, African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Chaibi has developed autonomous and integrated complex systems for supporting sustainable livelihood in areas poor in fresh water, thus providing communities with basic needs such as water, food and energy. These include greenhouses, irrigation systems and photosynthesis. He is an elected Fellow of the African Academy of Science and has won the Honor Prize of the Supreme Council of Sciences at the 34th Science Week at Damascus in 1994. 
Elected as Fellow.

MANDO, Abdoulaye (Burkina Faso). b.23-1-1965, PhD, Program Leader, International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development, West and North Africa Division, Lome, Togo. Dr. Mando leads the IFDC National Resources Management Program of 5 West African countries and researches on soil fertility management, agro-forestry, and soil and water management. He has won the 2005 Prize of the Burkina Faso Agricultural Ministry for this work. 
Elected as Fellow.

REICHARDT, Klaus (Brazil). b.14-12-1940. PhD, Professor, Centro De Energia Nuclear na Agriculture, University of São Paolo, Brazil. An agronomist who has enhanced the level and rigour of soil physics throughout Brazil, Reichardt has helped crop management to maintain the quality of Brazilian agricultural resources through a variety of innovative methods. A fellow of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, he has won the highest recognition from the Piracicaba Town Council twice, the Medal of Scientific Merit of the State of São Paolo and the Clio History Award of the São Paolo Academy of History. 
Elected as Fellow.

WINGFIELD, Brenda Diana (South Africa). b.8-12-1958, PhD, Professor of Genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Professor Wingfield is known for her excellent research on fungal systematic and population genetics of tree pathogens. Her group recently came out with new taxonomic concepts for the important tree pathogen Cryphonectria and related fungi. She is a member of the Royal Society of South Africa and of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and has won the University of Pretoria Exceptional Achievers Awards (twice), and the DST Distinguished Women in Science Award. 
Elected as Fellow.

02. Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology

HIDALGO, Cecilia (Chile). b.10-6-1941. PhD, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. Hidalgo has distinguished herself through her illuminating studies on calcium signalling and calcium channels in muscle and nerve cells. Her recent work on the redox regulation of calcium activation of the RyR1 channels is noteworthy. She is a member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, the Latin American Academy of Sciences, and serves on the executive committee of the International Union of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. 
Elected as Fellow.

OROZCO, Esther (Mexico). b.25-4-1945. PhD, Professor, Department of Experimental Pathology, CINVESTAV IPN, Col San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico. Orozco has studied the virulence factors of Entamoeba histolytica. She has discovered the EhCPADH surface complex formed between a cysteine protease and an adhesin that participates in the adherence, phagocytosis and the invasion process of the trophozoites. She has also attempted to use these molecules as vaccine candidates against amoebiasis. Among the numerous prizes she has won, the most recent is the UNESCO-L'Oreal Prize for Women in Science Prize in 2006. Orozco is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. 
Elected as Fellow.

RAO, Mohan Chintalagiri (India). b.19-1-1954, PhD, Deputy Director, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad 500 007, India. An outstanding structural and molecular biologist, Mohan Rao has helped us understand the role of small heat-shock proteins and alpha-crystallin in protein-aggregation related diseases, and has engineered several chimeric proteins with high chaperone-like activity. He has also helped develop DNA-based chip for diagnosis of eye infections. Fellow of all science academies of India, he has won the Bhatnagar, Ranbaxy and Sreenivasayya Awards of India, and the Rohto Award of the First Asian Cataract conference. He is currently President of the Indian Biophysical Society. 
Elected as Fellow.

SHEN, Che-Kun (Taiwan, China) b.29-7-1949, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, China. Dr. Shen's major contributions are in eukaryotic chromosome organization and its role in regulation of cell differentiation and development, particularly in neuronal function. Elected Academician of Academia Sinica, and Fellow of AAAS, he has won the NSC Frontier of Science Award of Taiwan. 
Elected as Fellow.

SHI, Yunyu (China). b.21-4-1942. Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China. Shi is a protein structure expert who has solved the solution structure of Urm1 and its implications for the origin of protein modifiers. Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, she has won the Academy's Natural Sciences Prize and the China National Natural Science Award. 
Elected as Fellow.

03. Biological Systems and Organisms

CREWE, Robin (South Africa). b.18-2-1946, PhD, Professor and Vice Principal, Rectorate, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Dr Crewe has done pioneering work on ant alarm pheromones, and on the social organization in ponerine ants and honeybees. His work also led to the discovery of social parasitism through pheromonal mimicry. Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, the Academy of Science of South Africa, and of AAAS, he has won the Gold Medal of the Zoological Society of South Africa, and the rank ofChevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite of France. 
Elected as Fellow.

LI, Wen Hsiung (Taiwan, China). b.22-9-1942. PhD, Distinguished Research Fellow and Director, Biodiversity Research Centre, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, China. Using comparative analysis genomic DNA sequences, Dr. Li has contributed to the issue of molecular clock, and the sex differences in mutation rates in primates. He was the first to show that the human and chimp genomes differ by just 1%. Academician of Academia Sinica and Fellow of US National Academy of Science, he has won the 2003 Balzan prize, 2004 Horace Mann Medal and the 2008 HUGO Chen Award. 
Elected as Fellow.

QAISER, Muhammad (Pakistan). B. 15-8-1946, PhD, Vice-Chancellor, Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan. Professor Qaiser, a botanist, beside being the author of pollen flora of Pakistan, has described 4 new genera and 28 new species in the Flora of Paksitan, thus offering critical baseline information on the plant wealth and biodiversity of Pakistan, which is being utilized for multiple purposes including plant conservation and control of different types of allergies caused by airborne pollen. Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, he has won its gold Medal in 2004, and the Prime Minister's Gold Medal in 2005. 
Elected as Fellow.

SAIDAPUR, Srinivas (India). b.7-3-1947. PhD, Professor and Vice-Chancellor, Karnataka University, Dharwad, India. He has made significant contributions to our understanding of the reproductive biology of vertebrates and the behavioural ecology of herpets. His work on amphibian tadpoles has expanded our knowledge about their foraging strategy, kin recognition, and predator-prey interactions. Fellow of INSA and IASC, he has won the Bhatnagar Prize and the INSA MRN Prasad Memorial Lectureship. 
Elected as Fellow.

TYAGI, Akhilesh K. (India). b.15-5-1956, PhD, Director, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India. A plant genome researcher of high repute, he has investigated the genome-wide transcriptome profile and characterized the function of several novel genes/ regulatory elements related to the reproductive system and stress-response network elements in the rice genome. His discovery of a novel zinc finger family that confers abiotic stress tolerance is noteworthy. Fellow of all science academies of India, he has won, among others, the J C Bose National Fellowship, National Bioscience Award of DBT, NASI- Reliance Pt. Jubilee Award, the International Year of Rice 2004 Research Accomplishment Award. 
Elected as Fellow.

04. Medical and Health Sciences (incl. Neurosciences)

ABDOOL KARIM, Salim (South Africa). b.29-7-1960. PhD, MS, Director, Centre for the ADIS Programme of Research in South Africa, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His main current research focuses on microbicides and vaccine and their trials in the country. Fellow of the Royal Society of Science in South Africa and of the Academy of science of South Africa, he has won the 2008 TWAS Award and the 2005 Men's Health award of Best Man in the S&T category. 
Elected as Fellow.

CHEN, Lin (China). b.6-11-1945. Professor and Director, Key Laboratory of Cognitive Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. During the past two decades, Chen has developed a provocative topological approach to vision. His 'global to local' model is explicit, capable of capturing important global information and serves as a seminal contribution to solving the problem of where visual processing begins. An elected member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he has received the 'Outstanding Scientist' Prize of the QiuShi Foundation of Hong Kong. 
Elected as Fellow.

COUTSOUDIS, Anna (South Africa). b.21-9-1952. PhD, HED, Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is known for showing that (a) exclusive breast feeding reduces the risk of HIV transmission; (b) flash heating of expressed breast milk destroys HIV and thus safe for the infant; and (c) Vitamin A supplementation improves measles-associated (and HIV infected) morbidity in infants. Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and a Fellow of the University of KawaZulu-Natal, she has won Amnesty International’s South Africa honor Award of Excellence of La Leche League International, Greek Chamber of Commerce Award and several nutrition research awards. 
Elected as Fellow.

SINGER, Peter A. (Canada) b.18-8-1960, MD, MPH, Director, Mc Laughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, Toronto Ontario, Canada. One of the world’s leading bioethicists and global health scholars, he has pioneered policy and ethical approaches to the application of life sciences to global health, exploring the range of forces that influence how technologies move successfully from 'lab to village'. A Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine, Fellow of Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Health Science, he has won the Michael Smith Prize, the Dales Award of the University of Toronto and the Award for Excellence of Yale University School of Public Health. 
Elected as Associate Fellow.

05. Chemical Sciences

CHANDRASEKHAR, Vadapalli (India). b.6-11-1958. PhD, Professor and Head of Chemistry, Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. Prof. Chandrasekhar has contributed significantly to the chemistry of inorganic rings, clusters and polymers and their applications and on the organometallic chemistry of main-group elements. Through his work in the last decade, he unravelled many structural problems in this challenging area. Fellow of all 3 science academies of India, he has won India's Bhatnagar, CRSI, Homi Bhabha and JC Bose honours. 
Elected as Fellow.

NOME, Faruk (Brazil). b.29-5-1947. PhD, Professor, Department de Quimica, UFSC, Florianopolis, SC, Brazil. Professor Nome's contributions are centred on the search for the physicochemical basis of binding and catalysis for processes such as micellar pseudophase ion-exchange theory, micellar and cyclodextrin-based chromatography and models for enzyme catalysis. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, he has won Brazil's Comendator of the National Order of Science Merit. 
Elected as Fellow.

NORDÉN, Bengt (Sweden) b.15-5-1945. PhD, Professor of Physical Chemistry of Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenberg, Sweden. Professor Norden has pioneered polarized spectroscopy for studying molecular transition moments and structure and interaction in complex systems. He discovered and developed the new class of PNA (peptide nucleic acids) with unique DNA sequence selectivity. Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy, Norwegian Academy of Sciences, Academia European, he is chairman of the Fourth (Chemistry) Class of the Royal Swedish Academy awarding Nobel Prize, and Member of the Millennium Technology Prize. 
Elected as Associate Fellow.

NYOKONG, Tebello (South Africa). b.20-10-1951. PhD, Professor of Chemistry, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. She is known for synthesis of molecules of use in cancer photodynamic therapy (e.g. phthalocyanins), combining them with quantum dots for efficient imaging, and also for her application of nanostructured materials for analytic detection. A board member of the National Research Foundation, she has won the UNESCO-L'Oréal Award in 2009 and the order of Mapungubwe by President Mbeki in 2005, as well as the 2008 City Press/Rapport Prestige Awards for Inspirational Women Achievers. 
Elected as Fellow.

SCHARIFKER, Benjamin R. (Venezuela). b.21-9-1953. PhD, Professor, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela. Scharifker developed the currently accepted theoretical description of nucleation and diffusion-controlled growth of new phases on electrodes, relevant for research in nanotechnologies. He has also carried out pioneering research on kinetics using ultramicroelectrodes, microelectrode arrays and the growth of conducting polymer films. He is a member of the Venezuelan Science Academy and the Academy of Science of Latin America. Besides prizes and awards from his university, he has also won the International Tajima Prize and the Lorenzo Mendoza Fleury Prize. 
Elected as Fellow.

ZARE, Richard N. (USA) b.19-11-1939. PhD, DSc (h.c). Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in National Science, Department of Chemistry Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. Professor Zare is one of the greatest physical chemists today, with monumental contributions to chemical dynamics and spectroscopy. His work on laser induced fluorescence, combined with capillary format separations has made possible the chemical analysis of single cells, and in sequencing the human genome. Fellow of US National Academy of Sciences, European Academy of Sciences, and Foreign Fellow of Royal Society (London), and Indian Academy of Sciences, he has received several honorary doctorates and Prizes (to name a few, F.A. Cotton Medal, D. Herschbach Award, Pupin Medal, Chandler Medal, Wolf Prize, Welch Award, Faraday Medal, Langmuir Prize, Harvey Prize, Polanyi Medal). 
Elected as Associate Fellow.

ZHU, Daoben (China). b.20-8-1942. Professor, Organic Solids Laboratory, Institute of Chemistry, CAS, Beijing, China. Zhu has been a pioneer in developing the field of organic solid state chemistry. He has discovered and fabricated a quasi 3-D organic conductor, fullerene-derived organic sable free radicals, and aligned nanotubes. He is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, member and vice president of the Chinese Chemical Society and Chinese Materials Society, and has won the National Natural Sciences Prize on four occasions. 
Elected as Fellow.

06. Engineering Sciences

ABIDI, Asad (USA) b.12-7-1956, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA. He is nominated for his pioneering and sustained contributions to the development of single-chip radios in RF-CMOS technology, which are at the heart of mass-produced modern mobile phones and wireless LAN Devices. In 2007, he took 2 years leave to spend time at Lahore, Pakistan, as the Founding Dean of the LUMS School of Science and Engineering. Fellow of the US National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Abidi has won the IEEE Donald Pederson Solid State Circuits Award and the IEEE Millennium Medal. 
Elected as Associate Fellow.

CHEN, Lih J. (Taiwan, China). b.13-8-1946. PhD, Distinguished Chair Professor, National Tsinghua University and Vice Chancellor, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, China. Chen is known for his outstanding and long-term research on metallization of IC devices, ion beam modifications of metals and metal/Si interfaces, and also application of low dimensional nanomaterials. A member of Academia Sinica, he has won the William Hume-Rothery Award of TMS 2008, the Tung-Eu Foundation Award, the Ho Chin-Tui Foundation Award and the Outstanding Faculty Research Award of the National Tsing Hua University. 
Elected as Fellow.

EBECKEN, Nelson F.F. (Brazil) b.18-4-1949, PhD, DSc., Professor of Computational Systems, COPPE/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. Known for his formulation of new finite element models for nonlinear analysis, and development of time integration schemes for nonlinear dynamic analysis, he has published about 250 papers and written books in the field. Fellow of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, he is honoured with Brazil’s National Order of Scientific Merit. 
Elected as Fellow.

IBIDAPO-OBE, Oyewusi (Nigeria) b.5-7-1949, PhD, Professor in Systems Engineering, University of Lagos, Akoka Lagos, Nigeria. His contributions are in control and information systems, incorporating stochastic/optimization problems in engineering; in reliability studies; simulation and animation studies and expert systems. He pioneered studies applying Martingale concepts to the control of nonlinear dynamic systems. Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, and Academy of Engineering, he has won the national honour of 'Office of the Federal Republic (OFR)' in 2004. 
Elected as Fellow.

SHYAMASUNDAR, Rudrapatna K. (India). b.11-1-1950, PhD, Senior Professor, School of Technology and Computer Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. Shyamasundar has made outstanding contributions in the areas of programming languages, real-time distribution systems, reactive systems, formal methods and software engineering. Fellow of all science and engineering academies of India, he is a consultant to ESPRIT, Eindhoven, Netherlands. 
Elected as Fellow.

07. Earth, Astronomy and Space Sciences

ARTAXO, Paulo (Brazil). b.25-1-1954. PhD, Professor, Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. Prof. Artaxo helped discover the vital role that aerosol particles have on the hydrological cycle of Amazonia, and on the atmospheric radiation balance there. He has also measured how biomass burning emission affects the carbon cycle in Amazonia. Full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of AAAS, he won the 2007 TWAS Prize in Earth Sciences, the 2007 Dorothy Stang Award of São Paulo, and a DSc (h.c.) from the University of Stockholm. 
Elected as Fellow.

CHINSAMY-TURAN, Anusuya (South Africa). b.27-8-1962, PhD, Professor, Zoology Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is a global expert on the biological signals recorded in the microstructures of fossil bone. Her work on a variety of extinct animals, non-avian dinosaurs, mesozoic birds and non-mammalian therapsids have had a major impact in palaeobiology. Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and of the Academy of Science of South Africa, she has won South Africa’s CSIR research awards thrice, the FRD Special Merit Award and the NRF President’s Award. 
Elected as Fellow.

GOSWAMI, Bhupender Nath (India). b.1-8-1950. PhD, Director, Indian Institute Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India. His discovery of the Indian Ocean dipole mode has ushered in new understanding in predicting the climate over the Asian monsoon region. His effort to the understanding of monsoon ISOS has led to the development of a powerful tool for real-time prediction of active-break spells of the Indian monsoon. Fellow of all science academies of India, he has won India’s Bhatnagar and Sarabhai Prizes and the K R Ramanathan Medal. 
Elected as Fellow.

SIAL, Alcides N. (Brazil). b.14-12-1942. PhD, Professor, Department of Geology, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil. Sial's major accomplishments include the petrology and geochemistry of post-Palaeozoic basaltic rocks and their tectonic significance as well as the C, O and Sr isotopes chemostratigraphy of pre-Cambrian and Phanerozoic carbonate sequences in South America and India. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the winner of the Silver Hammer Award of the Brazilian Geological Society and the Great Cross of National Order of Scientific Merit of Brazil. 
Elected as Fellow.

WARNER, Brian (South Africa) b. 25-5-1939. PhD., D. Sc., Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Natural Philosophy, Department of Astronomy, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa. He has studied the abundances in peculiar cool giant stars, especially Barium stars; abundances of elements in the Sun; and has pioneered the use of high speed astronomical photometry and its applications to oscillating white dwarfs and to cataclysmic variable stars. Elected member of the Royal Society of South Africa, of the Academy of Science of South Africa and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, he has been a an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and has received the Science-for-Society Medal, McIntyre Award, Boyden Premium of the Franklin Society, and the DSc Degree (h.c.) of the University of Cape Town. 
Elected as Fellow.

08. Mathematical Sciences

BAUTISTA RAMOS, Raymundo (Mexico). b. 14-3-1943, Instituto de Matematicas, UNAM, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. His three major contributions (joint work with P. Gabriel, A.V. Roiter, L. Salmeron) on the multiplicative bases theorem for finite dimensional algebras, his proof of the second Brauer-Thrall conjecture and pioneering work on the structure of the Auslanda-Reiten quiver of Artin algebras. Elected member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, he has won the National University of Mexico Prize in Exact Sciences Research. 
Elected as Fellow.

BHATIA, Rajendra (India) b. 8-5-1952. PhD Distinguished Scientist, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India. He has advanced the subject of matrix analysis and its interaction with harmonic analysis, operator theory, differential geometry, numerical analysis and mathematical physics. He has formulated and proved elegant, sharp and powerful inequalities now used in diverse areas. Fellow of INSA and IASc, he has won the Bhatnagar Prize and JC Bose Fellowship of India, and given the Winegard Lectures of Canada. 
Elected as Fellow.

CHEN, Mu-Fa (China) b. 22-8-1946. DSc, Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. Dr. Chen has obtained new variational formulas for the first (non-trivial) eigenvalue of tridiagonal matrices, elliptic operators in Euclidean space, and Laplacian manifold. He has also produced a diagram for various types of ergodicity and ten explicit criteria. Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he has won the National Prize of Natural Sciences (III grade), State Education Commission’s Prize in Scientific Progress (II grade) and Fok Ying Tung Prize (I grade). 
Elected as Fellow.

DANI, Shrikrishna G (India), b.3-6-1947, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. Dr. Dani has made lasting contributions towards understanding the behaviour of orbits of flows on homogenous spaces, concerning their closures, distribution, recurrence, boundedness and divergence. His ideas interrelating certain dynamic properties to Diaphontine approximation has had a major impact. Fellow of all 3 science academies of India, he has won the TWAS Prize in Mathematics 2007, and the Bhatnagar Prize of India. 
Elected as Fellow.

EZIN, Jean-Pierre (Benin) b.7-12-1944 . Doctorat d'Etat. Professor and Commissioner in charge of Human Resources, Science & Technology, African Union Commission, Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Ezin is a mathematician who has concentrated his work on Riemannian and Semi-Reimannian geometry with emphasis on conformational aspects. He has also contributed to divergence theorem in these geometrics. A Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, he has been honored as an Officer dans l’Ordre National du Benin in 2008, and as Chevalier de l’Ordre Internationale des Palmes Académique in 2006, and Chevalier des Palmes Académiques Françaises in 1991. 
Elected as Fellow.

09. Physics

BAGNATO, Vanderlei (Brazil). b.28-9-1958. PhD, Professor of Physics, University of São Paulo, São Carlos, SP, Brazil. An atomic and molecular physicist, Bagnato has been able to achieve Bose-Einstein condensation in his laboratory, initiating work in quantum macroscopic matter. Strongly interacting with industry, he has initiated the implementation of high technology industries in optics. A fellow of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, he has over 2,000 citations. 
Elected as Fellow.

CHAMSEDDINE, Ali Hani (Lebanon). b.20-2-1953, PhD, Professor, Physics, Department, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Mentored earlier by Abdus Salam, he is known for his discovery of 10-dimensional supergravity and its Yang-Mills coupling, formulation of gravity-mediated breaking of super symmetry and establishing the minimal supersymmetric standard model. He established the Centre for Advanced Mathematical Sciences at his University, and is currently the Luis Michel Visiting Professor at Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifique and is trying hard to establish a regional research centre in mathematical sciences in the Middle East. He won the 2008 TWAS Prize in Physics. 
Elected as Fellow.

DEMIR, Durmus A (Turkey) b.10-3-1967, PhD, Professor, Department of Physics, Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH), Izmir, Turkey. He is best known for his contributions to the explication of the sources of matter-antimatter asymmetry, of the new forces of nature and of the physics of matter flavours, which will all be tested by the Large Hadron Collider Experiment at CERN. He is the winner of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Friedrick Wilhelm Bessel Research Prize 2006, the Turkish Academy’s TUBA and TUBITAK Young Scientist Prizes. 
Elected as Fellow.

GODBOLE, Rohini (India) b.12-11-1952, PhD, Professor, Centre for Theoretical Studies (Centre for High Energy Physics), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. She has made pioneering suggestions to 'directly' study 'gluon' context and the structure of the photon at (e+ e–) and (ep) colliders via ‘resolved photon processes’ for real and virtual photons; invention of the cleanest signature for the then unseen last constituent of fermionic matter, the top quark; and strategies for studying the Higgs boson. Fellow of all science academies of India, she has won India’s JC Bose Fellowship, Meghnad Saha Medal and the JL Nehru Centenary Visiting Professorship of INSA. 
Elected as Fellow.

GUO, Guang-Can (China). b.9-12-1942, Professor, Key Laboratory of Quantum Information, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China. Guo is an acknowledged expert who has made landmark contributions to quantum cryptography and quantum computation. He developed the principles of quantum avoiding error decoding, and of probabilistic quantum cloning. In quantum computation, he has proposed a novel quantum processor protocol, teleportation of controlled not-gate and invented the quantum router. A member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he has received the Academy's Natural Sciences award, China's National Award for Natural Sciences, and the Hongkong-based HLHL Foundation Award. 
Elected as Fellow.

LAKSHMANAN, Muthuswamy (India) b. 25-3-1946, Ph.D., Professor of Eminence, Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics, Bharatidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, India. He is renowned for his outstanding contributions to the mathematical theory of solitons and their applications in ferromagnetism and nonlinear optics, integrability of finite dimensional and continuous nonlinear dynamical systems. Fellow of all science academies of India, and foreign member of Royal Academy of Sciences of Sweden, he has won India’s Bhatnagar, Goyal and other prizes. 
Elected as Fellow.

10. Social and Economic Sciences

CARNEIRO DA CUNHA, Maria M. (Brazil) b. 16-7-1943, PhD, Professor, CEBRAP and Department of Anthropology, University of São Paulo, Brazil. She has done seminal studies on ethnicity, historical anthropology of Brazil, traditional knowledge in the Amazon, and traditional people’s intellectual rights. Her pioneering study of indigenous people, their history and tradition led her to found a research centre at the University of São Paulo. A student of Claude Levi-Strauss, she is a Fellow of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and the winner of the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit, the French Academy’s Medaille de Vermeil, and the Chico Mendez Prize as well as the Roquette-Pinto Medal. 
Elected as Fellow.

CERDA, Arcadio A. (Chile) b.29-3-1960, PhD, Professor, Environmental and Resource Economics,Universidad de Talca, Talca, Chile. Professor Cerda is the leading environmental and resource economist in Latin America. His work on the theory and practice of valuation of environmental and econometrics is world class. He has also been instrumental in building capacity in environmental economists in the whole of Latin America. 
Elected as Fellow.

HASSAN, Rashid M. (Sudan) b.22-2-1953, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Environmental Policy & Director, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. Dr. Hassan has contributed to our understanding of African agriculture by relating land productivity, not only to the local ecology but also to the institutions surrounding the use of land. His research has led to the inclusion of the effects of the depreciation of mineral assets on the national accounts of Namibia and Botswana. Member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa, he has won the University of Pretoria’s Academic Achievement Award twice and several other prizes. 
Elected as Fellow.

 

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