Announced during the 10th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology:
Experimental: Chad Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry; Northwestern University and Director of the Institute of Nanotechnology & Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly, Northwestern University
Professor Mirkin was cited for opening up new possibilities for the fabrication of molecular machine systems by selectively functionalizing nanoparticles and surfaces, particularly with DNA, enabling the self-assembly of new structures which move us closer to the goal of molecular manufacturing.
Theory: Don Brenner, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
Professor Brenner was cited for fundamental advances in our ability to model molecular machine systems, and for the design and analysis of components likely to be important in future molecular manufacturing systems.
The following five individuals or teams were selected as Finalists for the 2002 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, Theoretical:
The following five individuals or teams were selected as Finalists for the 2002 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, Experimental:
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 10th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, to be held October 11-13, 2002, in Bethesda, Maryland.
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 asked to select this year's honorees. Invitees are:
The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize 2002 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.
Nominations must state which Prize is being applied for (Experimental or Theoretical) and include at least one of the following:
Foresight requests that materials be sent by email, with URLs, whenever possible.
Submissions should be mailed to the Foresight Institute at the postal address below, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrive by June 30, 2002. 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.
Individual submissions are preferred, but teams of up to three will be considered. Team members may not be changed after the submission deadline.
The prizewinner (minimum of one person per team) must accept in person at the Feynman Awards Banquet at the conference. The prizewinner (or one member of each winning team) will receive complimentary full registration including tutorial and banquet, coach airfare and up to 4 nights hotel (arranged by Foresight Institute, Sat. night stay required), $250 cash to cover additional expenses, and the physical award.
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