Ramesh Raskar won Lemelson-MIT Prize 2016 for inventing radical imaging solutions, including a camera that can see around corners
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.”