Robert A. Freitas Jr.
Robert A. Freitas Jr. is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing (IMM) in Palo Alto, Calif, USA and was a Research Scientist at Zyvex Corp. during 2000-2004. He received his B.S. degrees in physics and psychology from Harvey Mudd College in 1974 and a J.D. degree from the University of Santa Clara, in 1979. In 1996, Freitas wrote the first detailed technical design study of a medical nanorobot ever published in a peer-reviewed mainstream biomedical journal. More recently, Freitas authored Nanomedicine, the first book-length technical discussion of the potential medical applications of molecular nanotechnology and medical nanorobotics; the first 2 volumes of this 4-volume series were published in 1999 and 2003 by Landes Bioscience. He has published 33 refereed journal publications, 4 books, 61 other publications, and contributed book chapters and coauthored Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines (2004), another first-of-its-kind technical treatise. Freitas won the 2009 Feynman Prize in nanotechnology for theory, the 2007 Foresight Prize in Communication, and the 2006 Guardian Award from Lifeboat Foundation and was awarded the first patent on diamond mechanosynthesis on March 30, 2010. His areas of interest and expertise include nanotechnology, nanomedicine, medical nanorobotics design, molecular machine systems, diamondoid mechanosynthesis (theory and experimental pathways), molecular assemblers and nanofactories, atomically precise manufacturing, and self-replication in machine and factory systems.
Biography Updated on 22 February 2011