ROBERT A. FREITAS JR.
RESEARCH FELLOW, INSTITUTE FOR MOLECULAR MANUFACTURING; AUTHOR, "NANOMEDICINE"
Robert A. Freitas Jr. has degrees in physics, psychology, and law,
and has written nearly 100 technical papers, book chapters, or popular
articles on a diverse set of scientific, engineering, and legal
topics. In the 1970s he performed several novel SETI searches at
three different astronomical observatories, and later co-edited
the 1980 NASA feasibility study of self-replicating factories in
space. In 1994, Freitas began researching nanomedicine full-time,
and in 1996 he authored the first detailed technical design study
of a medical nanorobot ever published in a refereed biomedical journal.
Most recently, Robert Freitas has produced Volume I of NANOMEDICINE, the first book to comprehensively address the technical issues involved in the medical applications of molecular nanotechnology and medical nanodevice design. Freitas is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing in Palo Alto, California. He and his wife of 25 years live in a home they spent half a decade designing and constructing themselves as owner-builders.