PARIS, France – Professor Mehta is a recognized expert in the chemistry of complex natural and non-natural products, the design of new reactions and reagents, and the use of photodynamic therapy for cancer treatment. He has published more than 300 research papers in leading international journals and contributed to several monographs in areas of contemporary interest in organic chemistry. In addition, he has developed innovative processes and new technology for industrial applications.
Professor Mehta has loyally served ICSU in a number of capacities, including a recent term on the Executive Board (1999-2002). Previously, he held the positions of Chair of ICSU’s National Committee for India and Chair of the Indian National Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). He also brings a wealth of international science experience from other associations, particularly the Inter-Academy Council where he currently serves as Co-Chair.
Professor Mehta obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Poona. After pursuing post-doctoral research at Michigan State and Ohio State Universities, he joined the faculty of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1969. Professor Mehta has also held positions as Professor and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hyderabad. His outstanding commitment to science has been recognized through several prestigious professional memberships and awards including the Srinivasa Ramanujan Research Professorship (INSA: 1992-1997); the Pandit J.L. Nehru National Award for Excellence in Science (1994); the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (Germany: 1995); and, the Third World Academy of Science Medal for Chemical Sciences (2000).
Professor Mehta’s term as ICSU President-Elect will officially begin in March 2003, 18 months prior to his taking office as President following ICSU’s 28th General Assembly in September 2005. The current President of ICSU is Professor Jane Lubchenco, a marine ecologist from Oregon State University in the U.S.