He devoted his life to tackling these problems—and was lucky to encounter an ambitious vice-chancellor at Warwick University, Jack Butterworth, who shared his analysis. Butterworth gave him “a table, a chair and a secretary” in the engineering department. “Battery Charger”, as he was known, did the rest, challenging the holier-than-thou approach of academia head on and forging close links with business.
Never heard of Kumar Bhattacharyya until a colleague of mine sent this article over from The Economist. A man after my own heart. Here’s the book about him that they reference in the article. Already bought my used copy.