Five Indian Americans are among 189 artists, scholars and scientists chosen for this year's Guggenheim fellowships for distinguished achievments in their fields.
The Guggenheim Foundation, a New York-based organisation devoted to furthering the development of scholars and artistes, has awarded a total of $7,600,000 to the winners.
These fellows, selected on the basis of distinguished achievement and exceptional promise, are Salil Vadhan, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Harvard University for his research in "The complexity of zero-knowledge proofs".
The other winners are Suketu Mehta, Writer, Cliffside Park, New Jersey for his non-fiction book on New York; Rudresh K Mahanthappa, Composer, Brooklyn, New York; Adjunct Private Lesson Instructor, Rye Country Day School for his Music composition; Sanjeev Khanna, Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania, for Cuts, flows, and network routing.
Arjun M. Heimsath, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College also won the fellowship for his study on soil erosion and sustainability.
The awards are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors and are approved by the Foundation's Board of Trustees, which includes six members who are themselves past Fellows of the Foundation - Joel Conarroe, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard A Rifkind, Charles Ryskamp, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and Edward Hirsch.