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Haren S. Gandhi

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Manufacturing

For his research, development, and commercialization of automotive exhaust catalyst technology, shaping the industry from its very beginning and continually pushing to improve the quality of the air we breathe. Also for leading the automotive industry in ensuring the judicious use of precious metals, including conservation measures such as recycling of spent converters and technological advances in precious metal utilization.

Haren Gandhi on actualizing his childhood dream to work on cars

Mother nature today thanks Dr. Haren S. Gandhi for his invention of automotive exhaust catalysts systems. His four decade research led him to be regarded by the National Academy of Engineering as, “one of the world’s foremost authorities in the area of automotive emissions control.”

The Henry Ford Technical Fellow at the Ford Motor Company started as a research engineer in 1967, racking up 53 U.S. patents throughout his career.

Describing his discoveries in controlling tailpipe pollutants from cars through the catalytic converter, Dr. Gandhi has said, “I thought the work in the emissions area would help improve the air quality we breathe and…impact the lives of millions of people around the world.”

Dr. Gandhi’s legacy crosses borders, having served as an automotive emissions panel expert appointee of the United Nations and advisor to the Indian government. He was also elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999, appointed to the Board of Directors to the International Precious Metals Institute in 2004 and the International Advisory Board for the 2006 Fifth Tokyo Conference on Advanced Catalytic Science & Technology.

By Melissa Ayala