Innovator: Manu Prakash

Bioengineer
Manu Prakash
Manu Prakash Courtesy of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Growing up in India, Manu Prakash didn't have access to tools that would fuel his scientific curiosity. Now, as a professor at Stanford University, he's at the forefront of “frugal science”: His inventions, including a 20-cent centrifuge, a paper microscope that folds up like origami and a way to track disease-carrying mosquitoes on your cell phone, aren't just saving lives; they're igniting a passion for science in young people the world over.

About the program

We're saluting innovators who have developed creative solutions to the problems that face our world—pollution, economic disparity, war, discrimination and more. Say hello to the creative class of 2019.