Two Indian Origin Scientist Win Esteemed MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant


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/Last Modified on: September 27, 2016