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August 23, 2006: Foresight Nanotech Institute Announces Feynman Prize Finalists

Top Nanotechnology Researchers to be Honored at nanoTX '06

Palo Alto, CA -- August 23, 2006 –Foresight Nanotech Institute, the leading think tank and public interest organization focused on nanotechnology, announced the finalists for the 2006 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes. These prestigious prizes, named in honor of pioneer physicist Richard Feynman, are given in two categories, one for experiment and the other for theory in nanotechnology. Established in 1993, these prizes honor researchers whose recent work has most advanced the achievement of Feynman’s goal for nanotechnology: the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of productive nanosystems.

“Foresight Nanotech Institute established these prizes to encourage research in the development of molecular nanotechnology. The Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes are awarded to those making significant advances toward that end,” said Christine Peterson, Co-Founder and Vice President of Foresight Nanotech Institute. “Productive nanosystems will result in the ultimate manufacturing technology. This capability will help us tackle fundamental problems that face humanity and lead to solutions that are good for people and good for the planet."

The winners of this year’s prizes will be announced a Exhibitor’s Cocktail Reception on September 27, 2006 at nanoTX ’06. Presentations of the winner’s research are scheduled for the following day, September 28, 2006, at 10 a.m.

The 2006 finalists for the Experimental prize are:
Angela Belcher from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Andrew Ellington from University of Texas at Austin
Kazushi Kinbara and Takuzo Aida from University of Tokyo
James M. Tour from Rice University
Erik Winfree and Paul W.K. Rothemund from California Institute of Technology
Giovanni Zocchi from University of California, Los Angeles.

The 2006 Finalists for the Theory prize are:
Robert A. Freitas, Jr. from the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing
George Schatz from Northwestern University
and Erik Winfree and Paul W.K. Rothemund from California Institute of Technology

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