2 Indian-Americans scientists Manu Prakash and Subhash Khot, alumunus of Indian Institiute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and Bombay respectively are among among 23 scientists who have won this year’s prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.
The fellowship, also known as ‘genius grant’ is given to those who show exceptional creativity in their respective fields.
The research of Manu Prakash who works as an Assistant Professor in Department of Bioengineering at the Stanford University has been described by the foundation in following words – “Driven by curiosity about the diversity of life forms on our planet and how they work, empathy for problems in resource-poor settings, and a deep interest in democratizing the experience and joy of science globally.”
Another fellowship receiver Subhash Khot is a theoretical computer scientist at the New York University. Khot’s work provides critical insight into unresolved problems in the field of computational complexity.
MacArthur Fellowship includes a stipend of $625,000, given over five years, designed to provide the recipients the flexibility to pursue their activities in absence of specific obligations.