The 1999 Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology were awarded during the Seventh Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology to Phaedon Avouris of IBM for experimental work, and to a team led by William A. Goddard III at Caltech for theoretical work.
Dr. Avouris, of the IBM T.J.Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, is a leader in the development of carbon nanotubes for potential computing device applications. This work is considered directly on the pathway to molecular-scale computationnecessary for the computer industry to stay on the Moore's Law curve, which predicts atomic-level precision before 2015.
Professor William Goddard, Dr. Tahir Cagin, and Ms. Yue Qi shared the theory prize for their work in modeling the operation of molecular machine designs. Proposed designs for future molecular machine systems can be tested today on powerful supercomputers using sophisticated programs that accurately model the laws of chemistry, giving us a clearer picture both of what works and what doesn't work. Goddard's groupwhich operates out of the Materials and Process Simulation Center, Caltech, in Pasadena, CAdoes some of the most advanced modeling possible today.
The Prizes include a cash award of $5000 per team. They are named in honor of the late Nobel Prizewinning physicist Richard Feynman, whose 1959 talk "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom" inspired many researchers to pursue the ultimate in miniaturization.
The following five individuals or teams were selected as Finalists for the 1999 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, Experimental:
The following five individuals or teams were selected as Finalists for the 1999 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, Theoretical:
Two prizes in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to the researchers whose recent work has most advanced the development of molecular nanotechnology. This year again separate prizes will be awarded for theoretical work and for experimental work. The prizes will be given at the Seventh Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, to be held October 15-17, 1999.
This prize is in honor of Richard P. Feynman who, in 1959, gave a visionary talk at Caltech in which he said "The problems of chemistry and biology can be greatly helped if our ability to see what we are doing, and to do things on an atomic level, is ultimately developeda development which I think cannot be avoided."
Research areas considered relevant to molecular nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing include but are not limited to:
Special consideration will be given to submissions clearly leading toward the construction of a general-purpose molecular assembler. Applicants wishing further information on the field of the prize are referred to the book Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation (Wiley Interscience, 1992).
A committee of previous Feynman Prize winners has been invited to select this year's honorees:
The 1999 Feynman Prize will be the most recent in a series of annually awarded prizes for accomplishment in molecular nanotechnology. Both the annual Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology and the Feynman Grand Prize are sponsored by the Foresight Institute to encourage and accelerate the development of molecular nanotechnology. Both are named in honor of Nobel laureate physicist Richard Feynman. However, these prizes differ in focus, frequency of award, and scale.
Either submit your own work or nominate a colleague who deserves this prize.
Submissions (and nominations) consist of up to five maximum of the following:
In addition, each submission or nomination must include a one-page summary of the work and its relevance to the goal of molecular nanotechnology and/or molecular manufacturing. [If the journal article submitted has multiple authors, the applicant's (nominee's) role in the research must be stated.] Summaries may be up to 400 words in length.
Submissions should be mailed to the Foresight Institute at the postal address below, to arrive by July 27,1999. One copy of the paper or thesis and one copy of the one-page summary are required. The summary must include the applicant's address, telephone, and (if possible) fax number and email address. In the case of nominations, contact information should be included for both nominator and nominee. Finalists may be contacted for additional information. The prizewinner must be present at the conference to accept the prize.
Applications may also be based upon more than one research paper, up to a maximum of five papers, in which case a copy of each paper should be submitted.
Individual submissions are preferred, but teams of up to three will be considered. Team members may not be changed after the submission deadline.
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