Democratizing Science to Educate Every Kid in the World
Professor Manu Prakash demonstrates how simple and inexpensive materials can create opportunities for underprivileged children to explore science.
Manu Prakash is an assistant professor in bioengineering. Professor Prakash leads a curiosity-driven research group focused on technological interventions in extremely resource-poor settings and tackling global public health problems. A physicist and a prolific inventor, his inventions include a 50-cent “print-and-fold” paper microscope, a $5 chemistry lab, a computer that works by moving water droplets in a magnetic field, and Oscan, a 3-D printed smartphone add-on that helps diagnose oral carcinomas responsible for 40% of cancer-related deaths in India. Professor Prakash has been distinguished as a Frederick E. Terman Fellow (2011-2013), a Pew Scholar (2013-2017), a top innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review (2014) and as one of the Brilliant 10 chosen by Popular Science (2014).
This Stanford+Connects micro lecture was filmed on location at Stanford University. Stanford+Connects is a program of the Stanford Alumni Association.