Indian doctor Dilip Mahalanobis and three other medical professionals have been chosen for the Prince Mahidol Award for 2006.
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej constituted the award.
Mahalanobis, the director of the Society for Applied Studies, Kolkata, Richard Cash, a senior lecturer at the Harvard University School of Public Health, Stanley Schultz, Professor at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston and David Nalin, a former Director of Merck and Co. Inc, Pennsylvania were selected for the award for their contribution to the field of medicine and public health.
"The Board of Trustees made a unanimous decision to confer the Prince Mahidol Award for 2006 on a group of medical professionals who, during the 1960s and the 1970s, had dedicated their lives to the discovery, the introduction and the widespread use of Oral Rehydration Solution or Oral Rehydration Therapy," said a statement from the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation.
The award is constituted in the memory of Prince Mahidol, the father of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.
The award presentation ceremony is scheduled to be held in Bangkok on January 31, 2007.