Two Indian Origin Scientist Win Esteemed MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant [ Current Affairs ]


Indian origin American scientist Dr. Subhash Kot and Dr. Manu Prakash have won prestigious MacArthur ‘genius’ grant in their field of interest for their remarkable discoveries. They each receive $625,000 (approx. Rs. 4 crore) over a period of five years.

Along with them 21 other scientists also won this prestigious fellowship in various fields such as science, arts, and civil rights.

About Dr. Subhash Kot

  • Completed his engineering from IIT Bombay.
  • A well-known theoretical computer scientist at New York University.
  • Solved difficult computational complexity problems.
  • Developed the Unique Games Conjecture.

About Dr. Manu Prakash

  • Completed his engineering from IIT Kanpur.
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University.
  • Well known for developing a low-cost paper microscope with the cost of only 1 USD.
  1. Designed on a single sheet of paper.
  2. Can promote education and medical education in rural areas.
  • Developed computer clock in 2015, which uses tiny water droplets moving in magnetic field.

About MacArthur Fellowship

  • Also known as genius grant award.
  • Started by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • Annually granted to 20 - 40 citizens or residents of USA of any age, showing excellence in creative work.
  • Based in Chicago. It is the 10th largest private foundation which supports non-profit organizations in almost 50 countries.

- Published on: September 27, 2016