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India elected to Royal Society of Canada

An Indian-American environmental expert at Columbia University has been elected as the lone foreign fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada for his ground-breaking contributions.

Ponisseril Somasundaran, a faculty of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, received his MS and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and his Bachelor of Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in 1961. The Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) have elected 71 new Fellows, including one Foreign Fellow for 2012. The newly elected Fellows have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement, RSC President Yolande Grise said in a statement. ‘Ponisseril Somasundaran is recognised for his ground-breaking contributions towards unravelling complex nano-scale structures and energetics of surfactant self- assemblies. He pioneered the use of spectroscopic methods for probing surfactant self-assemblies,’ said a citation.



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