Chunibhai Chhotabhai Patel obtained PhD (1950) from University of Bombay. He became Associate Professor (1967-70), Professor (1970-80) and Chairman (1977-80), Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
Academic and Research Achievements: Professor Patel determined the bonding and structure of a number of newly synthesized metal complexes, and investigated the chemistry, spectroscopy and electronic structure of thiocarbonyl compounds. He explained (a) selective chlorination of minerals using thermodynamic calculations and (b) the biological activity of certain molecules using molecular orbital calculations. He also developed methods for selective flotation of minerals.
Other Contributions: He served on Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Chemistry.
Awards and Honours: Professor Patel was elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.