Who: Chennupati Jagadish, Jay Chandra
What: Honoured with Order of Australia
When: 26 January 2016
Chennupati Jagadish and Jay Chandra, Indian-origin persons, were on 26 January 2016 honoured with the Order of Australia, highest civilian honour of Australia on the occasion of the Australia Day. They were awarded for their contribution in the fields of physics, engineering and medicine.
Chennupati Jagadish is an eminent professor at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. He was conferred with the award for his eminent service to physics and engineering, particularly in the field of nanotechnology.
While, Jay Chandra is an eye doctor in New South Wales. He received the award for his significant service to medicine in the field of ophthalmology as a clinician and for his service to the international community through eye care programs.
They were awarded along with Sajeev Koshy, a Kerala dentist settled in Melbourne.
About Order of Australia
• The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia.
• It is awarded to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service.
• Before the establishment of the order, Australian citizens would receive British honours.