Gurtej Sandhu is an Indian-origin inventor who has more patents to his name than Thomas Edison — The Father of Inventions. 

While Edison had 1,084 patents to his name, the 58-year-old Gurtej Sandhu has secured 1,325 patents and is 7th on the worldwide list of most prolific inventors


Currently residing in the state Idaho, USA, Gurtej Sandhu is the Vice President of Micron Technology, alongside being an inventor. 

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After attaining a degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi, Gurtej earned his PhD in physics from the University of North Carolina in 1990. 


Standing on the cross-roads of choosing from between a top American computer memory maker or a startup, Gurtej chose the then, startup– Micron Technology. 

This opportunity would obviously give him more space to grow and venture out.

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Gurtej got his first few patents while he was working with Micron. He was working to sustain Moore’s Law — the phenomenon that saw the number of transistors in an area of circuits doubling each year.

He figured how many memory units could be accommodated into these chips. Ever since his successful invention, chip manufacturers around the globe have used and benefitted from Gurtej’s patents.

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Gurtej has also been experimenting and innovating with self-driving cars, Big Data among other big projects, which has bumped his list of patents. 

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A Washington based publisher of business forecast– Kiplinger recognised his achievements as: 

Sandhu developed a method of coating microchips with titanium without exposing the metal to oxygen, which would ruin the chips. Initially, he didn’t think his idea was a big deal, but now most memory-chip makers use the process. 
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Sandhu was awarded the Andrew S. Grove Award for his outstanding contributions to solid-state devices and technology by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

His pioneering achievements concerning patterning and materials integration have enabled the continuation of Moore’s Law for aggressive scaling of memory chips integral to consumer electronics products such as cell phones, digital cameras and solid-state drives for personal and cloud server computers.



Gurtej Sandhu is truly making us all proud by being one of the few Indian inventors to secure so many patents.