Indian-American scientists Manu Prakash and Subhash Khot won MacArthur ‘genius grant’ fellowship

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Manu Prakash was awarded for for 2016 for his low-cost inventions, including a foldable microscope built for less than $1 - a part of an array of ultra low-cost scientific instruments. His inventions have transformed scientific research in some of the world’s poorest regions.

He is first shot to fame when he built a paper microscope – foldscope -- that folded like origami with glass beads as lenses embedded in. Manu Prakash is a graducate from IIT Kanpur. He is an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University in the United States. He was among the 12 people who won $625,000 award this year.

Mr Subhash Khot is graduate from IIT Bombay. He is also the winner of will receive $625,000 in quarterly installments over the next five years. Each of them will receive $625,000 in quarterly installments over the next five years.

Mr Subhash Khot is a professor of computer science at New York University, works to understand the possible limitations of computing.

This award is given by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the "genius grants" to scholars who show exceptional creativity in their work and to empower recipients to pursue their work.


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