The prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize for outstanding inventor was awarded to professor of material science and engineering, John Rogers, aged 43. His expansive research has embraced many important fields of endeavor including applications in everything from cardiology to solar power and to even sportswear.
The prize for the annual award is $500,000 and upon receiving it, the scientist thanked his parents for encouraging him to continuously think beyond the conventional box. One of the most prolific inventors in the United States, Rogers holds more than 80 patents, 52 of which are in active use.
In 2008, Rogers co-founded mc10Inc, a company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which offers a unique challenge to conventional electronics technology by stretching its confines to new applications not possible in traditional formats. The company manufactures innovative programs to be used in fields heretofore unimagined, such as medical, industrial, military and consumer-oriented treatments.
By its ability to transform rigid electronics into systems that can bend, stretch and wrap, the company has no competitive equal. Rogers is a prime mover in this company’s success and progress. He devised singlehandedly a way to create systems that have characteristics like human tissues that are used by cardiologists and neurologists to map vital organs.
John Rogers’ contributions to the modern world are enormous and are growing all the time. He is like Thomas Edison was to his time, as his desire to break barriers and expand limitations knows no bounds.
Here’s to a man with no sense of boundaries and to many more like him who will change the world as we know it forever!