Pawan Sinha is an Indian scientist who won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2012. He is a Professor of Vision and Computational Neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work spans experimental and computational approaches to studying human visual cognition.
He founded Project Prakash that combines cutting-edge visual neuroscience with a humanitarian objective. Project Prakash sets up eye-care camps in some of the most habitually underserved regions of India and gives free eye-health screenings too, since 2003, more than 700 functionally blind children. The children are then treated without charge, even if they do not fit the profile that would make them eligible for Sinha's research. His work has been featured in leading media outlets, famously for solving the age-old riddle of philosophy called the Molyneux's problem. He is one of the few scientists to have been interviewed on Charlie Rose.