Odisha-Born Scientist Jyotirmayee Mohanty Receives IUPAC Award

Bhubaneswar: Jyotirmayee Mohanty, Odisha-born scientist of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, recently received IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) 2023 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award.

She got the prestigious award from IUPAC president Javier G-Martinez at the World Chemistry Congress’s inaugural ceremony held at The Hague in Netherlands on August 20.

She is the first woman scientist from India to receive this award in this category. She is the daughter of renowned paediatrician Dr Baikuntnath Patra of Chauliaganj in Cuttack and married to Rasmiranjan Mohanty, who is also a scientist, of Titira under Balikuda block in Jagatsinghpur.

Last year, Mohanty received the fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), an award conferred by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the United Kingdom.

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, IUPAC had on February 11 announced the names of 12 awardees selected based on excellence in basic or applied research, distinguished accomplishments in teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership or managerial excellence in the chemical sciences. The inaugural presentation of the Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering awards took place during 2011 World Chemistry Congress and has been continuing at each biennial IUPAC General Assembly and World Chemistry Congress since then.

On March 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Mohanty for getting selected for the award. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had also congratulated her for the accomplishment.


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