Robert Freitas

related topics
{work, book, publish}
{theory, work, human}
{acid, form, water}
{system, computer, user}
{company, market, business}
{game, team, player}

Robert A. Freitas Jr. is a Senior Research Fellow, one of four researchers at the nonprofit foundation Institute for Molecular Manufacturing in Palo Alto, California. He holds a 1974 Bachelor's degree majoring in both physics and psychology from Harvey Mudd College, and a 1978 Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Santa Clara University. He has written more than 150 technical papers, book chapters, or popular articles on a diverse set of scientific, engineering, and legal topics. He co-edited the 1980 NASA feasibility analysis of self-replicating space factories and later authored the first detailed technical design study of a hypothetical medical nanorobot, the respirocyte, ever published in a refereed medical journal.

In 1977-78 Robert Freitas created Sentience Quotient (SQ) as a way to describe the information processing rate in living organisms or computers. Freitas is authoring the multi-volume text Nanomedicine, the first book-length technical discussion of the potential medical applications of hypothetical molecular nanotechnology and medical nanorobotics. Volume I was published in October 1999 by Landes Bioscience while Freitas was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing . He published Volume IIA in October 2003 with Landes Bioscience while serving as a Research Scientist at Zyvex Corp., a nanotechnology company headquartered in Richardson, Texas, during 2000-2004.

Also in 2004, Robert Freitas and Ralph Merkle coauthored and published Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines, the first complete survey of the field of physical and hypothetical self-replicating machines. In 2006, Freitas and Merkle co-founded the Nanofactory Collaboration, a research program to develop the first working diamondoid nanofactory.

In 2006, Freitas was awarded Lifeboat Foundation's Guardian Award, and he received the 2007 Foresight Prize in Communication from the Foresight Institute[1]. In 2009, Freitas was awarded the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology for Theory[2].

In 2010, Freitas was granted a patent for what was at the time (2004) the first patent application ever filed on diamond mechanosynthesis.[3][4]


Full article ▸

related documents
Stephen Cook
Archibald Hill
James Tiptree, Jr. Award
Jeffrey Simpson
Smithsonian (magazine)
Wikipedia:Nupedia and Wikipedia
Ross J. Anderson (professor)
Barry Lopez
Jane Urquhart
Ahmed Zewail
Bartel Leendert van der Waerden
E. B. White
Niklaus Wirth
Matthäus Merian
Richard Hamming
Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood
The World Factbook
Open publishing
Xavier Serbia
Christopher J. Date
Aurel Stein
Heinrich Kiepert
Academy Award for Animated Short Film
Roald Hoffmann
Nuffield College, Oxford
On Writing
Sam Lundwall
Aldine Press
Robert Noyce