K. Eric Drexler

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K. Eric Drexler

"Often described as “the father of nanotechnology,” Eric Drexler set the technical direction for the field in his seminal 1981 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which established fundamental principles of molecular engineering and development paths to advanced nanotechnologies. In his 1986 book, Engines of Creation, he introduced a broad audience to the central technology objective: using machines that work at the molecular scale to restructure matter from the bottom up. Eric's research in this field has been the basis for numerous journal articles and an extensive, physics-based analysis in his textbook Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation. In his publications and lectures, Eric describes the implementation and applications of advanced nanotechnologies and shows how they can be used solve, not merely delay, large-scale problems such as global warming.

"Presently, Eric serves as chief technical advisor to Nanorex, a company developing design software for molecular engineering. In addition, he is chief technical consultant to the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, a project of the Battelle Memorial Institute and its participating U.S. national laboratories. His Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in molecular nanotechnology was the first degree of its kind." [1]

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  1. K. Eric Drexler, Global Business Network, accessed November 15, 2010.