Manu Prakash

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Manu Prakash
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Alma materMIT, IIT Kanpur
Known forFoldscope, Paperfuge
AwardsMacArthur Fellows Program (2016)
Scientific career
InstitutionsStanford University

Manu Prakash is an Indian born scientist who is a Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University. Manu was born in Meerut, India. He earned a BTech in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and a PhD in applied physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1] He is best known for his Foldscope[2] and Paperfuge.[3] Prakash received the MacArthur Fellowship in September 2016. He and his team are also working on a water droplet based computer in Stanford University. His work focuses on frugal innovation that makes medicine, computing and microscopy accessible to more people across the world.[4][5]


  1. ^ Stanford University. "Manu Prakash". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  2. ^ "A Microscope to Save the World". The New Yorker. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  3. ^ "The Paperfuge: A 20-Cent Device That Could Transform Health Care". Wired. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  4. ^ MacArthur Foundation. "Manu Prakash". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  5. ^ John Markoff, "Science Tools anyone can afford", NewYork Times April 21, 2014 [1] Accessed 21 July 2019.

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