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Indian-American, Pakistani-American honoured by American President Barack Obama

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US President Barack Obama has honored an Indian – American scientist named Rakesh K Jain and a Pakistani American doctor named Humayun with the nation’s top honors on the field of science, technology and innovation respectively

Venue: White House, United States

Indian-American, Pakistani-American honoured by American President Barack Obama

About Rakesh K Jain

  • 65-year-old age
  • IIT-Kanpur alumnus – Received B Tech in Chemical Engineering
  • Received numerous awards for his work on tumor biology
  • Post Graduate Centres: Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Honored with the National Medal of Science
  • Contribution: Developing novel strategies for manipulating tumors and translating which is used to improve cancer detection, prevention and treatment in humans

About Humayun:

  • 53-year-old age
  • Grandson of personal physician of Muhammad Ali Jinnah
  • Honored with National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Contribution: Invention, development and application of bioelectronics in medicine, including a retinal prosthesis for restoring vision to the blind
  • First Ophthalmologist elected as member of US National Academies of Medicine and Engineering

Humayun and Jain received the award along with 15 other recipients of the ‘National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation.

About the National Medal of Science

  • Established in 1959
  • Administration: National Science Foundation
  • Headquarter: White House, US