Arati Prabhakar is an American government official who was appointed as the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on 3 October 2022 and was also designated as the chief science advisor to the President of America, Joe Biden. She is a former head of DARPA, the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. She founded a non-profit organisation Actuate in 2018 and works as its CEO. She was the first woman to head the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 1993 to 1997. Campuspubs.Arati Prabhakar was born in Delhi; however, she moved with her mother from India to the United States when she was three years old. Her mother shifted from India to the US to pursue a master’s degree in social services administration at the University of Chicago. When she was ten years old, her family moved to Lubbock, Texas, where she grew up. According to Arati Prabhakar, when she was very young, her mother encouraged her to pursue a PhD in future. In 1984, she became the first woman to earn a PhD in applied physics from Caltech. In 2020, in an interview with a media house, Arati Prabhakar added that her mother, who was a social worker, was in her early thirties when she divorced Arati’s father. Arati recalled, My parents were married in India in 1950 just as the country was forming and standing up as an independent nation. They had an arranged marriage, and it was an unhappy marriage. They later divorced, something that was inconceivable for an arranged marriage in 1950 from India, but that would happen many, many years later. I have a particularly unusual mother.” Arati Prabhakar in a newspaper article.Soon after receiving her PhD degree in 1984, Arati Prabhakar started working as a Congressional Fellow and Analyst at Office of Technology Assessment, Washington, District Of Columbia and worked there till 1986 as an intern. She was also the recipient of a fellowship from the Bell Laboratories Graduate Research Program for Women.
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