S. Narasinga Rao

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S. Narasinga Rao (born 1938 in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu, India) is an American academic and former Dean of Jackson College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Central Oklahoma[1] (1996–2006).


Rao completed his higher secondary education in 1954 from Board High School, Krishnagiri. He did his Intermediate at St.Joseph's College in Bangalore. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with physics as major from Madras Christian College attached to the University of Madras in 1958. In 1962, he received a distinction in his Master of Science degree in physics through Madras Christian College from the same University. He then moved to McMaster University in Canada where he received a second Master of Science degree in 1969 followed by a PhD in biophysics in 1973 from the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, through Center for Crystallographic Research, Roswell Park Memorial Institute. Rao had the distinction of studying under R.Parthasarathy, Gopinath Kartha and David Harker along with Nobel Laureates, Dr. Herbert Hauptman and Sir John Eccles.


From 1969–1973, Rao worked as a junior research scientist at the centre for crystallographic research, Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, then as a senior research scientist at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation from 1973–1983, before joining the University of Central Oklahoma as an assistant professor in 1983.

He served as Assistant Dean of the Graduate College and Dean of Research at the University of Central Oklahoma before taking up the same position at Dr. Joe C. Jackson College of Graduate Studies and Research from 1996–2006. Rao chaired the Regents Council on Research for regional universities from 1995–2006 and was a member of the governing board of the American Institute of Physics from 1996–2005 as well as treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and Chair of the Annual Meeting Organization Committee and the Financial Committee of the American Crystallographic Association from 1990 to date. Recently He was appointed ACA representative for the Science Policy Advisory Committee to foreign embassies at the State Department in Washington DC. He has also been a member of the state arts councils of Oklahoma and the Edmond Humanities and Arts council. During his career, Rao has received several grants from the national science foundation and the US Department of Education. He was the principal investigator for Ron McNair, Title III, Student Support Services, Oklahoma Louis Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology. Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology internships, NSF STEP and NSF CSEMS grants.[clarification needed]. He was recently appointed as Investment Advisor and Member of the Finance Committee of International Union Of Crystallography in Chester, England.

Rao has authored and co-authored several papers published in Acta Crystallographica, Biophysica Biochemica Acta, Journal of Biology and many other scientific journals. He is a co-author in a book - Laboratory Physics- published by Prentice Hall. His research interest is the three-dimensional crystal and molecular structure of small and large biological molecules and its relation to the biological activity. He has also published articles on "Physics of the temple" and other articles in religious magazines as Suguna Digest and published a monograph on " Is God Perfect and if so, why this imperfect world ? " along with Sri Vishwa Vijata Theertha Swamiji, the ex-junior Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt, Udupi.

Rao initiated programs on Sanskrit, Hindu philosophy and Hindu humanities at the University of Central Oklahoma. He started the Oklahoma Research Day in 1999 by bringing together all Regional Unioversities and Colleges in the State of Oklahoma and organized the research day for 10 years at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is known as " Grandfather of Undergraduate Research in Oklahoma " and was recognized through an official proclamation for his initiative by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education at a Special Meeting called for that purpose in February 2006.As a service to community he raised funds for the renovation of the civic centre little theatre in Oklahoma City. He was founder president of the East West Art Forum and the India Association of Oklahoma, and an executive committee member of the India Cultural Foundation in Oklahoma city as well as member of the Inter-Faith Alliance of Oklahoma. Rao lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his family.


  1. ^ "Oklahoma Research Day 2010: Council and Campus Representatives". Cameron University. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 

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