Keeping Promises

And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Frost's poem rings true for many people of high achievement who only rarely feel that they can rest on their laurels... And Professor C N R Rao (or CNR as he is commonly known) is one who leaves you in no doubt of his continuing commitment to science, to the development of science, and to research. And the many miles left to go...

For one who has achieved so much- enough for many lifetimes for most scientists who work in India!- CNR is the essential scientist, inquisitive to the last, and forever enthused by questions. Apart from his prodigious scientific output, he has contributed greatly to science administration, serving on the Science Advisory Council to several of our Prime Ministers, built institutions, starting with the IIT Kanpur where he helped create a superb department of Chemistry in the 1960's, to the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Jakkur, the institute where he now works

His autobiography, Climbing The Limitless Ladder: A Life In Chemistry has just been published by the Indian Institute of Science Press and World Scientific. This important book is an autobiographical account of doing scientific research in India. It provides an insight to the perseverance of a scientist from a develpong country. His relentless pursuit of excellence in chemistry for more than half a century is a remarkable source of inspiration to young scientists facing modern-day challenges.

In hardcover, 232 pages, Rs 895. ISBN: 9789814307864.