The 2016 shared Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Sir J. Fraser Stoddart for the design and synthesis of molecular machines. This was only 9 years after he received our Feynman Prize in the Experimental category for Nanotechnology and illustrates why we grant the prize: To award early pioneering work which most advances the goal for nanotechnology: molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular machine systems. This prize is given in honor of Richard 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 developed — a development which I think cannot be avoided.”

To advance research in Nanotechnology, Foresight Institute sponsors a variety of Prizes, including: 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes 

 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Grand Prize

The Foresight Institute Feynman Grand Prize For Major Advances In Molecular Nanotechnology was announced in 1996 (see Feynman Grand Prize announcement and article in Update 24). The Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology recognizes recent achievements that contribute to the development of nanotechnology; the Grand Prize will be awarded to recognize a crucial milestone on the road to mature molecular manufacturing technology. Please contact foresight@foresight.org for further information or if you think you have met the criteria for the Grand Prize.

 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Theory 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Theory is awarded for excellence in theory to the researchers whose recent work has most advanced the achievement of Feynman’s goal for nanotechnology: molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular machine systems. The prize entails $ 5000, an invitation to the award ceremony and technical workshop, and public acknowledgment and support.

 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Experiment 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Experiment is awarded for excellence in experimentation to the researchers whose recent work has most advanced the achievement of Feynman’s goal for nanotechnology: molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular machine systems. The prize entails $ 5000, an invitation to the award ceremony and technical workshop, and public acknowledgment and support.

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award recognizes the College graduate or undergraduate student whose work is considered most notable in advancing the development and understanding of nanotechnology. The prize entails $ 1000, an invitation to the award ceremony and technical workshop, and public acknowledgment and support.

2021 Nominations: Foresight Feynman Prize & Distinguished Student Award Form

 

Foresight Prizes Hall of Fame

2020 Foresight Prizes

2019 Foresight Prizes

  • Theoretical: Prof. Giulia Galli (Argonne National Laboratory, Galli Group in the Pritzker Schoo of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago, IL)
  • Experimental: Prof. Lulu Qian, (Qian Lab, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, CA)
  • Distinguished Student Award: Yuxing Yao (Caltech and Harvard)

2018 Foresight Prizes

  • Theoretical: Prof. Anatole von Lilienfeld (Lilienfeld QM-RCD Lab, University of Basel, Switzerland)
  • Experimental: Andreas Heinrich (IBS Center for Quantum Nanoscience), Christopher Lutz (IBM Research)
  • Distinguished Student Award: Qi Li (Carnegie Mellon University, PA)

2017 Foresight Prizes

2016 Foresight Prizes

2015 Foresight Prizes

2014 Foresight Prizes

  • Feynman Theoretical: Amanda S. Barnard (Australia’s Office of the Chief Executive (OCE), The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO))
  • Feynman Experimental: Joseph W. Lyding (University of Illinois and Beckman Institute)

2013 Foresight Prizes

2012 Foresight Prizes

2011 Foresight Prizes

2010 Foresight Prizes

2009 Foresight Prizes

  • Feynman Experimental: Yoshiaki Sugimoto, Masayuki Abe (Osaka University), and Oscar Custance (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Feynman Theoretical: Robert A. Freitas Jr. (Institute for Molecular Manufacturing)

2008 Foresight Prizes

2007 Foresight Prizes

2006 Foresight Prizes

2005 Foresight Prizes

2004 Foresight Prizes

2003 Foresight Prizes

2002 Foresight Prizes

2001 Foresight Prizes

2000 Foresight Prizes

1999 Foresight Prizes

1998 Foresight Prizes

1997 Foresight Prizes

  • Feynman Experimental: James K. Gimzewski (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory), Reto Schlittler (IBM), Christian Joachim (CEMES-CNRS)
  • Feynman Theoretical: NASA Ames, MRJ Team—Charles Bauschlicher, Stephen Barnard, Creon Levit, Glenn Deardorff, Al Globus, Jie Han, Richard Jaffe, Alessandra Ricca, Marzio Rosi, Deepak Srivastava, H. Thuemmel
  • Distinguished Student Award: Phil Collins

1995 Foresight Feynman Prize: Nadrian C. Seeman (New York University)

1993 Foresight Feynman Prize:  Charles Musgrave (Caltech)