Manu Prakash: A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami
Manu Prakash - Physicist, inventor
Manu Prakash is on a mission to bring radical new technology to global health. Full bio
not designed for field testing.
that we actually use today
and fluorescence microscope.
fold that specific microscope.
also projection microscopes.
the projection scope works.
way it's projected and bent.
look at the inset up on the right,
drop it from the floor itself.
making thousands of microscopes.
About the speaker:Manu Prakash - Physicist, inventor
Manu Prakash is on a mission to bring radical new technology to global health.
Why you should listen
An assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, Manu Prakash is a physicist working at the molecular scale to try and understand no less than how the world really works. As he told BusinessWeek in 2010, he is humbled and inspired by nature’s own solutions to the world's biggest problems. "I build and design tools to uncover how and why biological systems so often outsmart us. I believe one day we will be able to understand the physical design principles of life on Earth, leading to a new way to look at the world we live in."
Born in Meerut, India, Prakash earned a BTech in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur before moving to the United States. He did his master’s and PhD in applied physics at MIT before founding the Prakash Lab at Stanford.
Prakash's ultra-low-cost, "print-and-fold" paper microscope won a $100,000 grant from the Gates Foundaton in 2012.
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