King of the USB

So who in the world invented the USB? The answer goes by the name of Ajay Bhatt. He was working for the company Intel when the great idea descended upon him. Mr. Bhatt is an Indian-American who has been active in developing several nifty technological products. Aside from the USB, he also helped develop and define the AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port), PCI Express, Platform Power management architecture and a number of chipset improvements.

He graduated from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India and took up his Masters degree at the City University, New York. In 1990, he was part of the distinguished Intel employees holding the position of Senior Staff Architect. His achievements start piling in thereafter with nominations, awards for excellence and more than ten U.S. patents tucked neatly under his belt. But probably, the largest evidence of his fame transpired when Conan O’Brien did a parody of him on his world-famous Tonight with Conan O’Brien. That’s how you know you are truly famous. In July 2010, another accolade drapes itself on Mr. Bhatt’s already proud shoulders. GQ India awarded him with a much jostled for position in its 50 Most Influential Global Indians.

So there you have it. Now you know whose brainchild it is to have our data transmitted easily from one host to the next. If it weren’t for persevering dedicated architects like Mr. Bhatt, we’d still probably be lugging around ten times the amount we do now. One other amazing thing about Mr. Ajay Bhatt is his outstanding humility. He makes sure that he is credited as co-founder of the USB and regularly mentions his fellow colleagues at Intel to have had a hand in creating the gadget. Now that’s true greatness. Hats off to you, sir!

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