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Indo-American imaging scientist bags $500,000 prize for invention?

Imaging scientist Raskar is the associate professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT. Photograph: (Others)

Massachusetts, United States Sep 15, 2016, 07.33 AM (IST)
Born in the western Indian pilgrim city of Nashik, Ramesh Raskar is among the two Indo-American scientists this year from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who have been conferred with prestigious US awards for their path-breaking inventions.

Imaging scientist Raskar, who is also the associate professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT, has won the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize 2016 for his trailblazing work. 

The Lemelson-MIT Prize honors outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  

Founder of the Camera Culture research group at MIT, Raskar is the co-inventor of "radical imaging solutions including femtophotography, an ultra-fast imaging system that can see around corners; low-cost eye-care solutions for the developing world; and a camera that allows users to read pages of a book without opening the cover," according to MIT. 

Apart from Raskar, Dinesh Bharadia, researcher at MIT, won the Paul Baran Young Scholar Award of the US-based Marconi Society

“Raskar is a multi-faceted leader as an inventor, educator, change maker and exemplar connector,” said Stephanie Couch, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. 

“In addition to creating his own remarkable inventions, he is working to connect communities and inventors all over the world to create positive change.”

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