The Power List 2016
Co-Director USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute; Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering; Professor of Cell and Neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
An ophthalmologist, engineer and inventor, Humayun is the only ophthalmologist ever to be elected a member of both U.S. National Academies of Medicine and Engineering, and is best known for his work on retinal implants. Humayun was a co-inventor of the Argus II retinal implant and participated in the first US clinical trial, placing it into the eyes of patients with end-stage retinitis pigmentosa. In 2015, he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from Barack Obama – the US’ highest award for technological achievement. He has more than 100 patents and patent applications, and was nominated by R&D Magazine as Innovator of the Year in 2005.