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Ashok Gadgil Wins European Inventor Award for UV Waterworks

The European Patent Office bestowed the European Inventor Award on Berkeley Lab scientist Ashok Gadgil for UV Waterworks, an innovative portable water purification device based on ultraviolet light. Along with co-inventor Vikas Garud, Gadgil received the award at a ceremony in Budapest today. The two were selected as winners in the non-European category. The low-cost device has been licensed by WaterHealth International and has been installed in more than 10 countries around the world and has brought clean water to more than 2 million people. “(The winners) have not only contributed to the economic development of their companies and research institutions, but have also helped to create jobs and improve people’s daily lives,” said EPO President Benoît Battistelli. More>

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  1. Ashok Gadgil, you have been a star at LBL for a long time. What you have done – by bringing principles of physics to application in enhancing the health of human beings – is the analogue for science of the saying of Thomas Aquinas for philosophy, that it is better to illuminate than merely to shine. Bravi Ashok and Vikas!

  2. Steve Thrush says:

    I am both moved and encouraged by this new way to help those in the world to have access to clean drinking water. Thank you Ashok for your persistent and caring work. ~steveT