We knew a lot of Indian Scientists/mathematicians like Aryabhatta, Sir C V Raman, Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, Homi Bhabha, Vikram Sarabhai and many more who have made valuable contribution in the field of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Space Technology,etc.
But, As we know there are some unsung heroes who have silently worked for Giant Technology Companies around the world and made valuable contribution in the field of modern technology. If it was not for these people, our life would have been different. Their sheer Hard-works and Innovation have made our day-to-day life easier today.
Here are some Indian Living Legends who have made great contribution to the world in the field of modern technology:
- Mr. Pranav Mistry: For Sixth Sense (technology), a wearable device
He’s the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the big world of data. The promotion of the Samsung Galaxy Gear was carried out by Pranav Mistry, who is also Samsung’s Director of Research.
Pranav holds a degree from Nirmal Institute of Technology, IIT Bombay, MIT and has been called as one of ‘world’s ten best inventors’ on TedTalks.
- Mr. Ajay Bhatt: For Inventing Universal Serial Bus (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), etc.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.
- Mr. Arun Netravali: For HDTVs (display device)
Arun is yet another IITian, Electrical department 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.
- Mr. Krishna Bharat: For Google News & first ever ‘News’ aggregator
Krishna 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.
- Narinder Singh Kapany: For Fibre Optic Communication
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.
- Mr. Vinod Dham: For Pentium Processors
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.
- Mr. V A Shiva Ayyadurai: For Email
In 1978, Ayyadurai created a computer programme, which he called “email,” that replicated all the functions of the interoffice mail system: Inbox, Outbox, Folders, Memo, Attachments, Address Book, etc. These features are now familiar parts of every email system.
On August 30, 1982, the US government officially recognised Ayyadurai as the inventor of email by awarding him the first US Copyright for Email for his 1978 invention. At that time copyright was the only way to protect software
- Mr. Jayant Baliga – the inventor of IGBTs
Jayant Baliga, the electrical engineer who is best known for his work in power Semiconductors devices, has a lot of other achievements that he can justifiably claim to take pride in. The list, however, is topped by a theory that related the properties of semiconductor materials to the performance of power devices, way back in 1979.
The theory resulted in an equation that bears his name, using which engineers can predict the outcome of replacing silicon with other materials.