Stanford Bioengineer Manu Prakash Wins Prestigious MacArthur Grant

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering, has been named one of the 2016 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The fellowships, popularly known as “genius grants,” are awarded to scholars who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future. It includes a $625,000 stipend over five years, designed to provide recipients with the flexibility to pursue their activities in the absence of specific obligations.

The MacArthur Foundation recognized Prakash for his research that is “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.”

“Manu Prakash is not only one of the most innovative scientists of our day, he is also using his interdisciplinary expertise to improve human health around the world,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.  “He harnesses a wide array of technologies, including optical physics, computer science, fluid dynamics, biology and chemistry, to solve tangible human and scientific problems.  It is fitting that his creative approach to applying scientific principles has been recognized as true genius by the MacArthur Foundation.”

Source: Stanford News (link opens in a new window)

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