Herr wins $250,000 Heinz Award

Posted on September 13, 2007  Comments (2)

Herr wins $250,000 Heinz Award

Professor Hugh Herr, a double amputee whose work has led to the development of new prosthetic innovations that merge body and machine, has won the 13th annual Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment. The award is among the largest individual achievement prizes in the world. Herr, of the Media Lab, was recognized for “breakthrough innovations in prosthetics and orthotics.” He is among six distinguished Americans to receive one of the $250,000 awards presented in five categories by the Heinz Family Foundation.

At age 17, Herr lost both legs below the knee in a mountain climbing accident, but returned to the classroom after a few years to earn an undergraduate degree in physics, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard. Today, his work at the Media Lab focuses on human amplification and rehabilitation systems – technologies that interact with human limbs, mimicking biological performance and amplifying function. Herr predicts that in 5 to 10 years, leg amputees will be able to run faster and move with a lower metabolic rate than people with biological limbs.

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2 Responses to “Herr wins $250,000 Heinz Award”

  1. Anonymous
    September 18th, 2007 @ 6:09 am

    This is a very inspiring story. It just proves that disability does not hinder one to succeed. Even Prof. Herr is a double amputee, he was still able to stand above the rest in the field of technology. I commend him and the others who have also made remarkable achievements in other fields.

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