Honour for Jagadeesh Subbaiah

Staff Correspondent

He has been chosen ‘Coorg Person of the Year -2008’

Madikeri: Moodera Jagadeesh Subbaiah from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been chosen the “Coorg Person of the Year - 2008”, according to P.T. Bopanna, Bangalore-based journalist, here on Tuesday.

Dr. Subbaiah emerged as the winner in a poll conducted by >www.coorgtourisminfo.com, Kodagu district’s first news and tourism portal promoted by Mr. Bopanna.

Kodagu-born Dr. Subbaiah, who did his Ph.D in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, led a multinational team of researchers for developing a novel magnetic semiconductor that will greatly increase computing power and flexibility of future electronic devices, while dramatically reducing their power consumption.

The American Physical Society is set to honour Dr. Subbaiah with Oliver E. Buckley prize for his cutting-edge research in magnetic semiconductor material. It is seen as a major step forward in the field of spin-based electronics or “spintronics”, where the spin state of electrons is exploited to carry, manipulate and store information.

Dr. Subbaiah went to the U.S. in 1979 after completing his BSc. and MSc. degrees from the University of Mysore and Ph.D from the IIT. His wife, Berera Gita Jagadeesh, is also a scientist with the MIT.

Those nominated for the award this year included Chennai-based squash player Joshna Chinnappa and Olympian M.R. Poovamma.

The past winners of the award include cricketer Robin Uthappa, researcher Boverianda Nanjamma Chinnappa and novelist Kaveri Poonacha Nambisan.

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