2005 - Economics

DescriptionGauri Nanda of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for inventing an alarm clock that runs away and hides, repeatedly, thus ensuring that people DO get out of bed, and thus theoretically adding many productive hours to the workday.
ReferenceU.S. patent #6,219,959, granted on April 24, 2001, for a "net trapping system for capturing a robber immediately."
WinnersGauri Nanda