New Delhi: Tapan Parikh, a researcher at the University of Washington, leads the small contingent of four young pathbreaking Indians, who have won the TR35 2007 Young Innovator award for their contribution in different fields of science and technology like medicine, computing, communications and nano-technology among others.
Parikh, the 2007 Humanitarian of the Year, who has given a touch of technology to tradition, now helps the massive fishing community in the southern state of Kerala to earn more money in an organised manner - thanks to the “relatively simple improvements in information and communication technologies” - brought in by this innovator. The PhD student developed ‘Simple, powerful mobile tools for developing economies’ for small-business people by making mobile phones a more effective and result-oriented medium than the cumbersome PCs to help them thrive in their respective commercial ventures.
Sanjit Biswas, CEO and Co-Founder of Meraki Networks, got selected for the award for allowing “cheap, easy Internet access” to people of a neighbourhood wirelessly.
Partha Ranganathan, an IIT-Madras alumni and now a principal research scientist with the Hewlett-Packard Labs, concentrates on efficient management of heat and energy in computing devices. The scientist has helped in developing technologies which allows improvement in the computing arena from cell phones to servers but not at the cost of environmental hazard.
An assistant professor of neonatology at the department of pediatrics at SUNY Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York, Shetal I. Shah is the only Indian name who has made to the top in the medical front. The device developed by Shah measures forces imparted on ransporting dangerously ill premature babies patients during transport or trauma. The pediatrician was also named recently as the national recipient of the 2007 Most Distinguished Young Physician Award from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). It is the largest ethnic physician organisation in the US with a membership of 57,000 physicians, residents and medical students.
Started at 1999, the editors of Technology Review, a magazine published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, select nominations forwarded to them from across the globe for this prestigious recognition. Only 35 innovators can finally make it to the awards. Technology Review was founded in 1899 and it is the oldest magazine in the world in its genre.