Thursday, January 30, 2014

Commemorative Stamp on 'International Year of Crystallography 2014' - 30th January 2014.

International Year of Crystallography 2014The International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014) is an event promoted in the year 2014 by the United Nations to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of X-ray crystallography and to emphasis the global importance of crystallography in human life. UNESCO and the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) are responsible for this event. The opening ceremony of the International Year of Crystallography was held in Paris on 20 and 21 January 2014. Many activities will follow to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography all over the world.
IYCr2014 aims to increase public awareness of the importance of crystallography, which is the branch of science that studies the formation and structure of crystals. The Year of Crystallography promotes widespread access of information about crystallography and activities involving this science. Crystallography has become the core of structural science. Its uses include: Showing the structure of DNA, Helping people understand and fabricate computer memories, Disclosing how proteins are created in cells, Assisting in the design of powerful new materials and drugs.
India Post issued a commemorative stamp to mark 'International Year of Crystallography 2014' on 30th January 2014. Stamp release function was held at SSCU Auditorium, IISc, Bangalore at 4.00 pm. The stamp was released by Chief Postmaster General of Karnataka Postal Circle Shri M. S. Ramanujan. A mini exhibition on Crystallography by Dr. RG Sangoram and Shri M. R. Prabakar was also organised at the venue.

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