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From artificial rain to advanced Web search, these researchers have been in dogged pursuit of knowledge, which has brought them the country’s most prestigious science awards this year. Named after the first director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, (CSIR) the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards are presented every year. This year’s winners include researchers in cancer-causing biological molecules, travelling proteins within cells and bioenergy. Here’s a look at the 2014 winners:

Handling complex variables

KAUSHAL KUMAR VERMA

Kaushal Kumar Verma—associate professor in the department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore—is a man of few words, who has been interested in several complex variables, a branch of mathematics dealing with functions containing complex variables. A complex variable is a variable that has real and imaginary components. His work is mostly related to holomorphic mappings. In mathematics, holomorphic functions are central to understanding complex analysis—also known as the theory of functions of a complex variable. Its applications include algebraic geometry, number theory, applied mathematics, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics and aerospace.

Search for the perfect superconductor

PRATAP RAYCHAUDHURI

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Forces in a cell

ROOP MALLIK

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Developing the human search engine

SOUMEN CHAKRABARTI

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Studying organic synthesis

KAVIRAYANI RAMAKRISHNA PRASAD

Kavirayani Ramakrishna Prasad from the Indian Institute of Science, who won the award in the category of chemical sciences, works in the area of organic synthesis with a focus on developing newer and better methods for the construction of molecular structures which are of therapeutic importance.

Converting waste into bioenergy

S. VENKATA MOHAN

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The link between obesity and asthma

ANURAG AGRAWAL

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Manipulating the microRNA

SOUVIK MAITI

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Working with clouds

SACHCHIDA NAND TRIPATHI

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Monitoring atoms in ultra-cold temperatures

SADIQALI ABBAS RANGWALA

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