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Foresight Institute Awards 2003 Feynman Prizes
Nanotechnology researchers, journalists and student honored at molecular nanotechnology conference
Palo Alto, CA. October 15th, 2003
Foresight Institute, a nonprofit
educational organization formed to prepare society for the impact of
molecular nanotechnology, awarded four prestigious prizes to leaders in
research, communication and study in the field of nanotechnology at the 11th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology held last week.
The 2003 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes, named in honor of pioneer
physicist Richard Feynman, were presented to Drs. Marvin Cohen, Steven Louie
and Carlo Montemagno. The Foresight Prize in Communication was presented to
nanotechnology commentators Tim Harper and Paul Holister. Physics graduate
student Ahmet Yildiz received the Foresight Distinguished Student Award.
"The Foresight Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology are given to researchers
whose work has most advanced the development of molecular nanotechnology,"
said Christine Peterson, President of Foresight Institute. "Molecular
nanotechnology will be the ultimate manufacturing technology. It will be
able to inexpensively arrange the fundamental building blocks of matter. It
will allow us to make molecular computers, remarkably light and strong
materials, molecular medical devices and a host of other manufactured
products that will revolutionize our world."
Click to enlarge. Images courtesy and copyright Foresight Institute. Used with permission.
Jim Von Ehr, President of Zyvex announcing student award while Ralph Merkle looks on.
Paul Holister of CMP Cientifica and Eric Drexler at 2003 Feynman awards.
Ralph Merkle speaking at the awards ceremony.
Marvin Cohen accepting the Foresight Feynman Prize in the Theoretical Category.
Prize Winners: Steven Louie, Marvin Cohen, Ahmet Yildiz, Paul Holister, Carlo Montemagno
Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes -Experimental and Theoretical
The Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes are given in two categories, one for
experimental and the other for theoretical advances in nanotechnology. Drs.
Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie of the University of California at
Berkeley, Department of Physics, received the theoretical prize for their
contributions to the understanding of the behavior of materials. Their
models of the molecular and electronic structures of new materials predict
and understand properties like structure, surface conditions, and
interactions with other materials. Many of these predictions have later
been confirmed experimentally.
The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for experimental work was awarded to
Dr. Carlo Montemagno of the University of California, Los Angeles,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for his pioneering
research into methods of integrating single molecule biological motors with
nano-scale silicon devices, which opens up new possibilities for
nanomachines. The controlled movement of nano-scale and molecular parts are
fundamental to the development of molecular machines.
Foresight Institute Prize in Communication
The Foresight Institute Prize in Communication was awarded to Tim Harper,
President, and Paul Holister, Chief Information Architect, of Cientifica for
educating the nanotechnology community about the long-term potential of
molecular nanotechnology. The recipients communicate via their electronic
newsletter, TNT Weekly, and publish an industry survey, The Nanotechnology
Opportunity Report. These two communicators are in constant contact with
thousands of scientists, businesses and investors active in the
Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award
Physics graduate student, Ahmet Yildiz, of the University of Illinois of
Urbana, Champaign, received the 2003 Foresight Institute Distinguished
Student Award for his work in unraveling the motion of the molecular motor
myosin V, which will be useful in the design of artificial molecular motors.
The Distinguished Student Award recognizes the college graduate or
undergraduate student whose work is deemed most notable in advancing the
development and understanding of molecular nanotechnology.
About Foresight Institute
Foresight Institute is a leading public interest organization involved in
nanotechnology and emerging technologies. Formed in 1986 by K. Eric Drexler
and Christine Peterson, Foresight dedicates itself to providing education,
information, and networking support on the topic of molecular
nanotechnology. The organization's goal is to guide emerging technologies to
improve the human condition and enhance critical discussion, thus improving
public and private policy decisions.
For more information or links to the prizewinner's websites visit
P.O. Box 61058,
Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
tel +1 650 917 1122
fax +1 650 917 1123
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