Dr. Chad A. Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Medicine. He is one of only 15 scientists, engineers and medical doctors in the world, and the only chemist, to be elected into all three branches of the US National Academies. Mirkin serves as an advisor to President Barack Obama on science, technology, and innovation in his role as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST, Obama Administration). He is celebrated for his discovery and development of Spherical Nucleic Acids (SNAs) and the many medical diagnostic, therapeutic, and materials applications that have derived from them, the invention of Dip-Pen Nanolithography (recognized by National Geographic as one of the top 100 scientific discoveries that changed the world), and contributions to supramolecular chemistry. He is the author of over 575 manuscripts and over 930 patent applications worldwide (248 issued), and the founder of three companies, Nanosphere, Inc.; AuraSense, LLC; and AuraSense Therapeutics, LLC which are commercializing nanotechnology applications in the life science industries.
There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom" was a lecture given by physicist and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman at an American Physical Society meeting at Caltech on December 29,1959. Feynman considered the possibility of direct manipulation of individual atoms. The talk is considered to be a groundbreaking event in the history of nanotechnology, as it inspired the conceptual beginnings of the field decades later.
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