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Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
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December 14, 2004

Hosmane receives prestigious German professorship

DeKalb, Ill. —Göttingen Academy of Arts and Sciences in Germany has selected NIU’s Narayan Hosmane to receive the prestigious Gauss Professorship.

Hosmane, an NIU Presidential Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will spend two months next year (May and November) at the historic German university, founded in 1751. There he will lecture on new perspectives in cancer therapy.

The Gauss Professorship is named in honor of Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), a famed mathematician noted for his many contributions to physics, particularly in the study of electromagnetism. The Gauss Professorship aims to cultivate the exchange of scientific ideas. It is awarded annually to a leading scientist in one of Gauss’ fields of interest, and nominations come from across the globe.

Hosmane’s distinguished career has produced a long list of accomplishments, awards and recognitions. In 2001, he won the Humboldt Research Award for senior scientists (with a stipend of about $70,000) from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Bonn, Germany. That award is presented annually to scientists from across the world as a tribute to their lifelong accomplishments. Hosmane also was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Distinguished Chair of Chemistry at the University of Hyderabad, India.

“I consider the Gauss Professorship the highest honor,” Hosmane says. “This award usually goes to mathematicians or physicists. Very few chemists have been selected.”

Hosmane’s area of expertise falls under the broad category of boron chemistry research, but his interests are widely varied. He is the founder of Metallo-Biotech International Inc., a university spin-off company that is advancing Boron Neutron Capture Therapy, a promising approach to cancer treatment.

The Gauss Professorship was awarded to Hosmane for his research in gadolinium chemistry. Gadolinium in a contrast dye is given intravenously before Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans to improve the quality of the pictures in cancer therapy.