• Dr. Ashok Gadgil, winner of the 2012 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation.

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Inventor honored for bridging innovation and humanitarianism to help millions globally live safer lives

Dr. Ashok Gadgil Receives $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation for Scientific Solutions to the Global Water Crisis, and Energy and Fuel Efficiency


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The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced Dr. Ashok Gadgil as the recipient of the 2012 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation in recognition of his steady pursuit to blend research, invention and humanitarianism for broad social impact. Gadgil is a chair professor of Safe Water and Sanitation at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, whose diverse inventions and sustainable innovations are helping those in the developing world to live healthier, safer lives.

Gadgil is a physicist by training whose unwavering curiosity and commitment to employ his expertise to benefit humankind has led to a string of inventions and innovations from safe drinking water solutions and a utility-sponsored energy efficiency program, to fuel-efficient stoves for displaced persons in Africa. He also works with stakeholders in beneficiary communities to rally support and increase adoption of his inventions. His innovative solutions, which integrate science with cultural needs, have helped an estimated 100 million individuals in dozens of countries across four continents.

“Ashok Gadgil’s long record of inventive solutions to problems in the developing world is an example of how passion coupled with creative problem solving can have a colossal impact,” states Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. “Dr. Gadgil truly encompasses what it means to be a global innovator.”

To read the full press release about the 2012 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation winner, visit: http://web.mit.edu/invent/n-pressreleases/n-press-12LMA.html

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Topics: Awards, honors and fellowships, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E), Global, Lemelson-MIT, Water

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