Indian American scientist Subhendu Guha, noted for his pioneering work in amorphous silicon, has won the 2005 World Technology Award in Energy.
The award for Guha's innovative work on the science and technology of thin-film amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon materials and solar cells was announced at a gala ceremony in San Francisco at the conclusion of the World Technology Summit last week.
"I'm honoured to receive the award. It is personally gratifying, but I particularly appreciate the collaboration of my colleagues to carry out cutting-edge research to develop products that have great societal values," Guha said.
Guha, who lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with his wife Jayshree, was born and brought up in Kolkata. He studied at Presidency College with Physics major.
Guha is now executive vice president of United Solar Systems Corporation in Troy, Michigan, and the leading inventor of flexible solar shingles, a state-of-the-art technology for converting sunlight to electricity.
The Awards, instituted in 2000 for different categories like biotechnology, space, energy, environment, education and policy, are sponsored by leading organizations ---the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Time Magazine, CNN, Microsoft and Fortune Magazine.
They honour individuals and corporations from 20 technology-related sectors who are selected by their peers as innovators who perform work of the greatest likely long-term significance.