An Indian professor from IISc, Raghavendra Gadagkar, has been awarded Germany’s highest civilian honour — the Cross of Order of the Merit — for his work in the field of behavioural ecology and sociobiology.
Raghavendra Gadagkar, an Indian sociobiologist, received Germany’s highest civilian honour — the Cross of Order of the Merit, on Friday.
He is a professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and has been awarded for his contribution to the field of behavioural ecology and sociobiology.
He has also been recognized for increasing research cooperation between India and Germany.
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A resident of Bengaluru, Prof Gadagkar is one of the leading experts in the field of insect sociobiology. He has published more than 270 research papers and two books. He is also the President of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.
Prof Gadagkar received the award at the German consulate in Bengaluru. Joern Rohde, Consul General of Germany, said that the professor has been associated with Germany for more than 25 years. In 2012, he was elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
He is also the founder of the Centre for Contemporary Studies, a centre that brings together students from different disciplines in science and humanities for a mutually beneficial discourse.