As reported by the BBC News, two scientists have been awarded the Millenium Technology Prize for their scientific contributions to improving the quality of human life and in encouraging sustainable development.
Awarded once every two years, the Millenium Technology Prize is the largest technology prize in the world. This is the first time the prize has been awarded to two scientists, Dr Shinya Yamanaka and Linus Torvalds. The two winners split the 1.2m euros prize.
Dr Shinya Yamanaka
Dr Shinya Yamanaka is a stem cell scientist who discovered how to program human cells to mimic embryonic stem cells. These cells can become any cell in the body. This is called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. The scientists discovery will now contribute to the development of regenerative medicine.
Linus Torvalds created a new open source operating system for computers.