The World Technology Awards
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World Technology Awards in association with The Economist and Booz.Allen & Hamilton
1999 Award Finalist

World Technology Award for Materials

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.

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