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Moment to cherish: Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan giving away the Lifetime Achievement Award to Noble laureate Prof. Anthony Loggett in the city on Monday. —
Moment to cherish: Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan giving away the Lifetime Achievement Award to Noble laureate Prof. Anthony Loggett in the city on Monday. —

Governor presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Nobel laureate

‘Emission of greenhouse gases at current rates dangerous’

Says children good in science should not be put off by bad teaching

HYDERABAD: Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan presented ‘The Lifetime Achievement in Science Award’, instituted by B.M. Birla Science Centre, to Nobel laureate Anthony James Leggett here on Monday. Prof. Leggett won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2003 for his pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and super-fluids.

“In awarding this achievement to Prof. Leggett, the B.M. Birla Science Centre has also done the State of Andhra Pradesh proud,” the Governor said.

He said Prof. Leggett was widely recognised as a world leader and had contributed immensely in the theory of low-temperature physics. His pioneering work on super-fluidity was recognised by the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Mr. Narasimhan lauded Birla Science Centre for arranging guest lectures by eminent scientists over the years and inviting 20 Nobel laureates, “which provides a rare opportunity to students of science to listen to some of the great minds of our time”. Similarly, the B.M. Birla Science Prizes for scientists below 40 years would go a long way in encouraging, recognising and patronising talent and excellence in our country, he added.

Prof. Leggett later delivered B.M. Birla Memorial Lecture ‘Why Can’t Time Run Backwards?’

Talking to reporters, he said it was very difficult to find answers on why time runs in a uni-directional way although it could go both the ways as per the fundamental laws of physics. On climate change, the Nobel laureate said the continuous emission of greenhouse gases at the current rates might be extremely dangerous in the worst case scenario and whatever needed to be done had to be done to reduce them.

Asked about the declining interest in science among children, he said he was not worried about that. What was more important was that those children who were good in science should have the opportunities to study. “They should not be put off by bad teaching,” he added. The main priority of the governments should be to ensure there were good teachers.


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