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Indian Scientist Shrinivas Kulkarni Wins Prestigious Dan David Prize

Indian scientist Shrinivas Kulkarni has won the prestigious Dan David prize as a recognition for his contributions made in the field of astronomy.

Shrinivas Kulkarni, a professor of astrophysics and planetary science at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, is a pioneer in the field of time-domain astrophysics. He has been credited for building and conducting the Palomar Transient Factory, which is a large-area survey of the night sky that has turned up with thousands of stellar explosions.

Shrinivas kulkarni would share the award with Andrej Udalski of the University of Warsaw and Neil Gehrels of NASA for their discoveries on time-domain astrophysics in the “Future” category of the prize.

With this award, Shrinivas Kulkarni will join other prominent Indians who have won the Dan David prize like noted author Amitav Ghosh, music conductor Zubin Mehta and renowned chemist CNR Rao.

Dan David Prize

The Dan David Foundation was established in 2000 by the late Dan David, an international businessman and philanthropist. Three Dan David prizes of $1 million each are awarded each year in the categories of “Past,” “Present” and “Future” to people who have made exemplary contributions to humanity in the field of sciences, humanities, or for their work in civil society. 

The recipients in the “Past” category are chosen from the field of history, archaeology, paleontology, biography, etc;.

The recipients in the “Present” category are chosen from arts, media, policy, economics, etc.

The recipients in the “Future” category are chosen  from one of the exact or natural sciences.

The prize mandates the laureates to donate 10% of their prize money to provide scholarships for graduate or post-graduate researchers in their respective fields.


Forbes Global Game Changers List: Mukesh Ambani Tops the List

Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has topped the Forbes list of ‘Global Game Changers’. Mukesh Ambani has been ranked at the top for his efforts to bring the internet to India’s masses.

This is Forbes’ second annual Global Game Changers list and includes 25 “intrepid business leaders” who are known to transform their industries and effect changes to the lives of billions of people around the globe.

The top 10 spots in the list has been occupied by: Mukesh Ambani of India (1st) , Ziv Aviram, Amnon Shashua of Israel (2nd),  Stewart Butterfield of United States (3rd), John and Patrick Collison of United States (4th), James Dyson of United Kingdom (5th), Scott Farquhar, Mike Cannon-Brookes of Australia (6th), Larry Fink of United States (7th), Ken Frazier of United States (8th), Taavet Hinrikus, Kristo Käärmann of United Kingdom (9th), Robert Katz of United States (10th).

The list overall has business leaders listed from eight different countries as well as six immigrants to the U.S. The Youngest person to be featured in the list is Stripe co-founders John and Patrick Collison, 26 and 28, as well as the Snapchat creator Evan Spiegel, 26. The oldest person to feature on the list is Christo Wiese, 75, who is credited for creating Africa’s largest retail empire.


Mt Lhotse records First Summit in 3 years

Mt Lhotse has recorded its first summit in 3 years. Mt Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world. Indian climber Debasish Biswas and a woman climber from New Zealand were the first to successfully climb Mt Lhotse after a team of Sherpas fixed the route to summit. John Snorri Sigursson of Iceland and Cian O Brolchain of Ireland also scaled Mt. Lhotse becoming the first mountaineer from their respective countries to summit Mt Lhotse.

After the destruction caused by an avalanche above the icefall section in 2014 and the devastating earthquakes in 2015, the climbers could not summit Mt Lhotse in the past 3 years. Last year, the climbing expeditions were halted after the death of high-altitude worker Ang Furba Sherpa. In this season, more than 100  climbers along with their support staff would attempt to summit Mt Lhotse.

Mt Lhotse

Mt Lhotse (8,516 metre) is the fourth highest mountain in the world after Mt Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga. It is present on the border between Tibet and the Khumbu region of Nepal. In addition to the main summit, the mountain also comprises of smaller peaks like Lhotse Middle (8,414 m), Lhotse Shar (8,383 m). The main summit was first successfully climbed by the Swiss team of Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger on May 18, 1956.