The G.P. Birla Distinguished Award has been instituted in memory of Late Padmabhushan Shri G.P. Birla to world’s most eminent scientists for their contributions to science and technology. The G P Birla Distinguished Award has been awarded to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Nobel Laureates Professors Ei-ichi Negishi, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Serge Haroche, T. Kajita and Martin Chalfie.
Earlier called the Life Time Achievement in Science Award, this was instituted by the B M Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad as a token of appreciation and admiration for sustained contributions to renowned scientists and Nobel Laureates. The awardees include Nobel Laureates Professors Abdus Salam, William Fowler, Norman Ramsey, Ilya Prigogine, Van der Meer, Werner Arber, James Watson, t’Hooft, S. Chu, Antony Hewish, Sir Aaron Klug, Sir Lord George Porter, De Gennes, Roald Hoffman, Charles Townes, Klaus von Klitzing, Norman Borlaug, Sir Harold Walter Kroto, Douglas D Osheroff, Prof. Claude Cohen- Tannoudji, Prof. R. Curl, Prof. William D. Phillips and Prof. Anthony J Leggett..
Sir Fred Hoyle, Sir Hermann Bondi, Prof. Yuval Ne’eman, Prof. Walter Greiner, Prof. Jogesh Pati and others have also been awarded.