Indian social activist who founded the 'Barefoot College' in 1972 to help the rural poor support themselves.
Witnessing the plight of the poor in the 1960s Bihar famine inspired him to work to better their lives.
His Barefoot College taught people with high tech skills how to improve their communities.
He married fellow activist, Aruna Roy, whom he met in college.
Muhammad Yunus is another well-known activist who works to empower the poor.