Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, Founder of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, Serum Institute of India, has been nominated from India for the prestigious Nobel Prize ,said Dr Parvez Grant, Managing Trustee of the Ruby Hall Clinic. He was speaking in an event held in JW Marriot, Pune on Sunday to felicitate of Dr Cyrus Poonawalla who was recently conferred an honorary ‘Doctor of Humane Letters’ degree by the Massachusetts Medical School at Boston for his unparalleled work in the field of immunisation at the global level.
Dr Poonawalla was awarded the Padma Shri in 2005 for his contribution to medicine, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Poonawala’s next aim is to fight against rape cases and atrocities on women.
other Indian Nobel Laureates :
1. Rabindranath Tagore – The Nobel Prize in Literature (1913) –
Rabindranath Tagore is one of the greatest literary figures of India, also known as Bard of Bengal, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for “his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”. Tagore has written national anthems of two nations – India and Bangladesh. Tagore’s songs, poetry and novels are now cult classics.
2. CV Raman – The Nobel Prize in Physics (1930) –
CV Raman won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930 “for his work on the scattering of light and for the discovery of the effect named after him”. His discovery of what is now known as the “Raman Effect” – the phenomenon of change in wavelength in light rays that are deflected – is a path breaking milestone in the understanding of physics.
3. Mother Teresa – The Nobel Peace Prize (1979) –
Mother Teresa moved to India at the age of 19 and spent the rest of her life as a Catholic nun and as a missionary serving the “poorest of the poor”. She established the Missionaries of Charity and became a messiah of the poor and the dying.
4. Amartya Sen – The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences (1998) –
Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences “for his contributions to welfare economics”. His research papers on economics and social justice, theories of famines, and welfare economics earned him much recognition and many awards.
5. Kailash Satyarthi – The Nobel Peace Prize (2014) –
Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for his “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”. He dedicated his life to battling corporates for their use of child labour. He has also brought children’s right of education to the spotlight through his work with UNESCO.