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Indian-origin MIT scientist Ramesh Raskar bags $500,000 Lemelson-MIT prize

This cash prize instituted by MIT School of Engineering honours mid-career US innovators and is is considered to be one of the biggest cash awards for innovation
Ramesh Raskar

Ramesh Raskar, Indian-born innovator and scientist well known for his pioneering work in co-developing a camera that helps to see opening pages of book without opening the cover, has been awarded Lemelson-MIT prize, carrying a cash prize of $500,000.

This cash prize is considered to be one of the biggest awards for innovation, reported the Wall Street Journal.
Raskar, who hails from Nashik, currently works as associate professor at MIT’s Media Lab and also founded its Camera Culture research group.

“We are thrilled to honor Ramesh Raskar, whose breakthrough research is impacting how we see the world,” stated Dorothy Lemelson, chair of the Lemelson Foundation, in an official release from MIT on Tuesday.

“He is renowned for his groundbreaking inventions, commitment to youth mentorship, and dedication to improving our world with practical yet innovative solutions,” added the release.

Raskar is having more than 75 patents and 120 reviewed articles. He has discovered Femto-photography, an imaging solutions, a low cost ultra-fast imaging camera which can see around corners.

His innovations have great scope for healthcare sector in the developing world, said experts. This award by MIT School of Engineering bestows recognition for mid-career US innovators.

Raskar said he was motivated to work for the developing world and would contribute part of the prize for young innovators from all over the world.

He had developed Kumbhathons, innovation camps during Kumbh Mela in 2015 in India to take them to India’s ambitious smart cities project to develop smaller cities.
“The world is our lab, and a co-innovation model that spans the globe is critical for any impact-driven research,” he told the press.

andHumble about his rural background he quipped: “My upbringing does help there, growing up in a house without even a separate bedroom or working on a farm, living in mud houses without power or water during weekends and summer holidays.”

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