Sugata Mitra is Professor and Principal Research Investigator at Newcastle University in England.
He was born in Calcutta, India in 1952 and is a physicist by training. He has worked on Organic Semiconductors, Energy Storage Systems, Bots, Remote Presence, complex dynamical systems and, particularly on Children, the Internet and Learning. Since 1999, his experiments on unsupervised learning amongst groups of children, popularly referred to as the ‘Hole in the Wall’, ‘Self Organised Learning Environments’ (SOLEs) and ‘The School in the Cloud’ experiments, have received worldwide attention.
He sees the Internet as an enabler for learning to become an emergent phenomenon in the 21st Century networked environment. He is a recipient of many awards, among them, the million-dollar TED Prize in 2013.