Ashok Gadgil

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Ashok Gadgil (born 1950 in India) is a physicist with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, and a professor in civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for "UV Waterworks" - a simple, effective and inexpensive water disinfection system.


He has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.Sc. from IIT, Kanpur, and a B.Sc. from Bombay University, all in Physics.


At LBNL, where Dr. Gadgil is Acting Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, he leads a group of about 20 researchers conducting experimental and modeling research in indoor airflow and pollutant transport. Most of that work is focused on protecting building occupants from the threat of chemical and biological attacks. In recent years, he has worked on ways to inexpensively remove arsenic from Bangladesh drinking water, and on improving cookstoves for Darfur (Sudan) refugees.

Dr. Gadgil has substantial experience in technical, economic, and policy research on energy efficiency and its implementation - particularly in developing countries. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 journal papers, and more than 100 conference papers.

In 1998 and again in 2006, Dr. Gadgil was invited by the Smithsonian Institution's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation to speak at the National Museum of American History about his life and work.


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