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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Eric Drexler and nanotechnology revolution

Norio Taniguchi introduced the term ‘nanotechnology’ in 1974 and Eric Drexler popularized it in his much debated book, Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology.

Drexler was born in Oakland, California, on April 25, 1955. When he entered MIT, Drexler was interested primarily in the subject of space travel and the possibility of establishing human civilization in space. It was Drexler who is most accredited with pushing the nanotechnology revolution to where it is today by raising public awareness, educating future researchers, and generally expounding upon the field. He was awarded the first PhD in nanotechnology ever.

His book indeed became very popular and excelled in the treatment of promises an potential of nanotechnology.

Drexler envisioned a molecular nanotechnology discipline that would allow manufacturers to fabricate products from the bottom-up with increased molecular control.

Drexler also presented the idea of nanotechnology before a congressional committee in 1992 (Regis, 3).

Drexler claimed that molecular machines could be able to assemble practically everything imaginable in a very short time, provided there is enough raw material, energy and construction plan.

Drexler has written three books, Molecular Engineering: An approach to the development of general capabilities for molecular manipulation (1981), Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology (1986), and Unbounding the Future: The Nanotechnology Revolution (1991)
Eric Drexler and nanotechnology revolution


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