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Prof. Shobhona Narsimhan: India is a land, which from ancient times has been infused with a spirit of inquiry. Indians have initiated several pioneering and remarkable efforts in the fields of Science in the past as well as during present times, which has been their unique contribution to the progress of humanity. It is with the desire to commemorate and salute this Spirit in our women scientists and also to honour their originality of thought and research that the Stree Shakti Science Samman award has been instituted in 2000.

Prof. Shobhana Narasimhan is well known for her innovative and substantive work in Computational Material Science. Her early work on the contribution of stress domains to the structure of the Au(111) surface and on the calculation of the properties of copper is highly cited.

Prof. Narasimhan is an excellent teacher, and has lectured at a number of national and international schools, including some specially for developing countries. She has also been very active in promoting career in science for women at the national and international level. She also has numerous talks and writings on the subject, and has organised a number of conferences.

Prof.Shobhana Narasimhan's contributions have been recognised by the Material Science community. She has been the recipient of the International Union of Materials Research Societies Young Research Award, the MRSI medal and the Kalpana Chawla Young Woman Scientist Award.

This award to Prof.Shobhana Narasimhan is a recognition for her outstanding contributions in her research, teaching, mentoring and outreach, as well as for wider contributions for the recognition of women in scientific areas.

We are privileged to confer on her Stree Shakti Science Samman for the year 2010.
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