Dr. Ashok Gadgil with one of his inventions — the Berkeley-Darfur stove, which helped 125,000 women and their dependents in Darfur. (Photo from Lemelson-MIT Prize)
Dr. Gadgil is the winner of this year’s Lemelson MIT Prize, which recognizes inventors whose designs improve lives. Gadgil helped bring light to 100 million people in the developing world, designed fuel efficient cook stoves, and a simple way to purify water.
“This is a lot of hard work, but it comes from passion rather than work as a slog,” Gadgil said in an interview on Living on Earth. “If it’s not interesting or if it’s not rewarding at some level to you, you wouldn’t work with that much intensity and focus. It’s very exciting and rewarding to be able to work on these problems.”
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