Bhubaneswar: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik felicitates UNESCO Kalinga Prize-awardee Professor Diego Andrej Golombek from Argentina.
Congratulating Prof Golombek on behalf of the people of Odisha, the Chief Minister said that Prof Golombek is a distinguished scientist and science communicator. He is instrumental in development of the first Science Cultural Centre of Argentina at Ricardo Rojas Centre in Buenos Aires.
Appreciating the gesture, Prof Golombek said he feels honoured to be here in Odisha. The Kalinga award has placed Odisha in the global science map. He said that he had a great interest in the culture of Odisha and India.
Among others, Minister, Higher Education, Science and Technology Dr Pradeep Panigrahi, Development Commissioner R Balkrishnan, Trustee of Kalinga Foundation Trust Bhabani Patnaik, Secretary Science Technology VV Yadav were present on the occasion.
Professor Diego Andrés Golombek is a teacher, researcher and author who holds a PhD in biology and a degree in music. He is an expert in the neurochemistry of circadian rhythms in mammals, specifically the time-dependent effects of the pineal hormone melatonin on different behaviours, and heads the Chronobiology laboratory of the University of Quilmes.
Professor Golombek has published numerous scientific articles and contributed to a great many specialized publications. He has also published a number of books on science for the general public, as well as short stories and poems. He also writes a weekly column on science for the Sunday magazine La Nación.
The UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is an international distinction created by UNESCO in 1951 following a donation from Mr Bijoyanand Patnaik, Founder and President of the Kalinga Foundation Trust in India. The $5,000 Prize is awarded every two years to reward the efforts of a person who has had a distinguished career as a writer, editor, lecturer, radio or television programme director or film producer, which has helped interpret science, research and technology to the public.