Robert A. Freitas Jr.
July 11, 2009
Robert A. Freitas Jr. is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing (IMM) in Palo Alto, California, and was a Research Scientist at Zyvex Corp. (Richardson, Texas), the first molecular nanotechnology company, during 2000-2004. He received B.S. degrees in Physics and Psychology from Harvey Mudd College in 1974 and a J.D. from University of Santa Clara in 1979. Freitas co-edited the 1980 NASA feasibility analysis of self-replicating space factories and in 1996 authored the first detailed technical design study of a medical nanorobot ever published in a peer-reviewed mainstream biomedical journal. More recently, Freitas is the author of Nanomedicine, the first book-length technical discussion of the potential medical applications of molecular nanotechnology and medical nanorobotics; the first two volumes of this 4-volume series were published in 1999 and 2003 by Landes Bioscience. His research interests include: nanomedicine, medical nanorobotics design, molecular machine systems, diamond mechanosynthesis (theory and experimental pathways), molecular assemblers and nanofactories, and self-replication in machine and factory systems.
Robert co-founded the Nanofactory Collaboration in 2006, then won the 2006 Guardian Award from Lifeboat Foundation, the 2007 Foresight Prize in Communication and the 2009 Feynman Prize in nanotechnology for theory. He wrote the first two U.S. patents ever filed on diamond mechanosynthesis and serves on the Editorial Boards of 9 medical or nanotech journals.
- See essays by this author:
- Clottocytes: Artificial Mechanical Platelets
- Death is an Outrage
- How To Make a Nanodiamond: A Simple Tool for Positional Diamond Mechanosynthesis, and its Method of Manufacture
- Interview with Robert A. Freitas Jr. Part 1
- Interview with Robert A. Freitas Jr. Part 2
- Lifeboat Foundation Nanoshield
- Microbivores: Artificial Mechanical Phagocytes
- Molecular Manufacturing: Too Dangerous to Allow?
- Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine and Nanosurgery
- Robots in the bloodstream: the promise of nanomedicine
- Say Ah
- Tangible Nanomoney
- The Gray Goo Problem
- The Vasculoid Personal Appliance
- See blog posts by this author:
- What price freedom?
- See selected books by this author:
- Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines