Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, honored with Germany's August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann Medal for chemistry last month, has been reappointed chairman of Science Advisory Council to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (SAC-PM). Author of over 40 books and 1500 research papers Rao, 76, says reading, publishing and doing original research –- not repetitive work -- keeps his mind, and therefore body, fit. "My hero is Nobel Laureate Neville Mott who published four papers at the age of 92 when he died," he told Nature India in a characteristically candid interview. Rao is professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Science in Bangalore, which he founded.
11 January 2010; | doi:10.1038/nindia.2009.365