Despite being the IT capital of the world,
India has been infamous to the lack of technological innovation and original
ideas. But every now and then, some Indians come up to the world stage with
their unparalleled ideas and leave an undeletable mark. The latest to do so is
Manu Prakash. A scientist of India origin, Prakash has won the renowned
MacArthur ‘genius grant’ fellowship in recognition of his invention of low cost
paper microscope whose cost is under $1.
One among the 12 people chosen for the
award which comes with USD $625,000 prize money, Prakash is an alumnus of IIT
and is currently working at the Stanford University as an assistant professor
of Bio engineering.
His invention, an under $1 paper
microscope, is carved out of a single sheet of paper and also has a lens and
electronics. His invention has gained accolades all across the world and is
being touted as a great way of propagating practical education in the rural
This isn’t his first path breaking
invention. Last year, he made a computer clock, making use of tiny water
droplets which move in a specific direction and for a specific distance upon
the rotation of magnetic field which is holding those water droplets.