We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made. - Albert Einstein

India is considered as one of the oldest civilization in the world and Indians as the soul of very discoveries and inventions, right from invention of dams & bridges in high middle ages to invention of '0' by Aryabhatta, contribution of wireless communication by Jagdish C Bose or Satyendra Nath Bose contribution of Bose–Einstein statistics in quantum physics.

It was Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose, India who for the first time to the world shows experimentally that the plants are living and have feelings like other living organisms, consume food and sleep during nights, can have wounds which was otherwise considered as chemical nature.

Controversies were also there which says it was Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, Maharashtra, India in year 1895 when first airplane was flown and that's too unmanned airplane, 8 years before Wright brothers got famous for.

All The While, in today's modern world there are many things which was once considered as luxurious are now necessities of life like computers, internet, TV etc. Below are some of the important inventions of modern science & technology having Indian contributions.

Ajay Bhatt: For Inventing USB

An Indian graduated from Baroda city, Ajay Bhatt paved the way for Intel to bring disruptive and now widely used technologies such as USB (Universal Serial Bus), AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port), PCI Express, Platform Power management architecture and many more chipset enhancements.

Ajay hold 10 US patents on his name for his various inventions and many more pending in file. Ajay joined Intel in 1990 and now he is Intel's Chief I/O architect. View Ajay Bhatt profile on Intel official website.

Arun Netravali: For HDTV

Arun is yet another IITian, Electrical engineer (IIT-Mumbai) known for pioneering contributions that transformed TV from analog to digital especially the development of HDTV technology at Bell Labs in the 1990s.

His work led to development of a video encoder which today is being used by more than 150 TV channels for their HDTV broadcasts, surprising isn't it. Arun Netravalu worked for NASA, tought in MIT, worked in Bell Labs as President, Lucent Technologies as Chief scientist.


Krishna Bharat: For Google News & first ever 'News' aggregator

5 Indian Living Legends and their Great Contribution in Technology

Krishan Bharat who is Principal research Scientist at Google Inc. is responsible for developing Google News which is an automated news aggregator provided by Google Inc where not a single person is involved in the altering of the front page or story promotion unlike to traditional news portal it's just tweaking the aggregation algorithm which pulled the news all over the web.

Krishna Bharat is also 2003 World Technology Award winner for Media & Journalism, moreover he is also responsible for founding Google's R&D Center in Bangalore, India in 2004 and heading the operation for 18 months.


Narinder Singh Kapany: For Fibre Optics

5 Indian Living Legends and their Great Contribution in Technology

In 1960 Dr.Narinder Singh Kapany, wrote an article in Scientific American which coined a new term, which is called - 'Fiber Optics'. He is an Indian born American physicist known for his pioneer research work in fiber optics and considered as one of the founders of fiber optics and popularly called as first light-bender, an important invention used in voice, data, and video transmission technologies and even used for medical purpose such as endoscopy, bronchoscopy.

Narinder Singh Kapany was one of a unsung heroes, as described by Fortune magazine in 1999. While working in ordnance factory after graduation, Kapany thought that light need not travel in a straight line, that it could be bent.

Unlike to many, he is a non-IITian and rather graduated from Agra university, done Ph.D from prestigious Imperial College of  London in 1955 and noticeably, he has more than 120 patents to his name.


Vinod Dham For Pentium Processors

5 Indian Living Legends and their Great Contribution in Technology

He is known as the Father of Pentium microprocessor chip, a very popular term in computer world and even in consumers when 80386, 80486 processors used to rule the world's computers, it's the Pentium processor which broke the ice. Working for company Intel he invented a highly successful 'Pentium' processors.

Vinod is also co-inventor of the flash memory technology, popularly known as SD cards widely used in USB drives, digital cameras and many other storage devices. Apart from Intel he worked for prestigious companies like AMD, NCR Corporations and holds graduation degree in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering.

Presently Vinod is founding MD of Indo US Venture Partners, an investment company with focus on investing in Indian companies & startups of varied sectors.


Deepak Bansal said…
Never knew that USB and Pentium were developed by Indian Geeks. In fact, Fiber Optics is widely taught in Engineering physics, yet there is no mention of our own scientist Dr Kapan.
They are real legends - unsung heroes.
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