Ashok Gadgil Wins European Inventor Award for UV Waterwork

Portrait of Ashok Gadgil
May 2011

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 lost-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.