An Indian husband and wife duo, Sharath Sriram and Madhu Bhaskaran, are the proud recipients of Australia’s prestigious Eureka Award.
The award recognises efforts in the field of science; the categories include research & innovation, leadership and journalism among others.
Sharath and Madhu won the award in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Madhu, who works in the field of wearable electronics such as smartwatches, could be the first woman of Indian origin to win the award.
She won it for her research over the last five years on the use of stretchable oxides for resilient and transparent devices that is practically “electronic skin”, which could become an integral part of health-care.
The product can help in the fight against skin cancer and even detect dangerous gases in mines.
Madhu got her engineering degree in Coimbatore, which is where she met Sharath. They had similar career goals which led them both to Australia, where they went on to pursue academic careers.
“It is an amazing honour, and I am certainly pleased and also very happy that the work has been recognised. I am very thankful to my hard-working research group and also to my family for motivating and supporting us,” says Madhu Bhaskaran to The New Indian Express.
The awards won by them are in two different categories. Sharath won it in the Emerging Leader category for his work in the development of a memory cell which can imitate key electronic aspects of the human brain, which can help neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases says Madhu Bhaskaran to NIE.
The talented duo have no plans of coming back to India as they have permanent jobs in Australia.