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He is a Nobel prize winner in physics

It will be the Honeywell-Nobel Laureate lecture series in Belgaum

The 1979 laureate is known for his research in particle physics

Bangalore: This Nobel prize winner in physics thinks: “We are just like other persons but I do want to share some of my research experiences of 50 years with young people. Now, I also get to see the country from where at least 24 of my research collaborators over the years came from.”

Sheldon L. Glashow, a 1979 Nobel laureate, known for his continuing research in particle physics and cosmology, will the speaker at the first Honeywell-Nobel Laureate lecture series in India, scheduled for Thursday on the Belgaum campus of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU). His talk will be on a topic that has fascinated him for decades, “Blind Chance or Intelligent Design: The Need for Basic Research”. He will also deliver a colloquium on “The Story of Neutrinos: From a Desperate Remedy to a Profound Enigma”.

“Many scientific discoveries, especially in medicine, have been by accident as in the case of saccharine and other sugar substitutes. So were Penicillin and infrared rays. More recently, a failed attempt to create an adhesive resulted in the ‘PostIt’ notes we all use,” Dr. Glashow told presspersons.

“More young people in India seem to be interested in studying science than in the U.S. and I believe in the years ahead, you will produce many major scientists,” he remarked about the lecture series.

Ash Gupta, Country Manager, Honeywell India, part of the $ 34 billion diversified technology and manufacturing company, said, “We have had a long association with the VTU since we collaborated to start the first Masters course in aerospace and avionics, first for our employees and now open to all students. Through the Nobel Laureate lecture series, we are trying to connect one generation of leading scientists with the development of the next generation. Students get the rare opportunity of interacting with some of the greatest scientists in physics and chemistry.”

VTU Registrar M.S. Shivakumar said, “Our university is barely a decade old but known for its firsts, that include the pilot EDUSAT initiative taking lectures to classrooms across the State. Now we have more courses with ready career opportunities and our research programmes will result in 15 Ph.Ds being awarded at the next convocation in February 2008.”