Professor Neil Gershenfeld is Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. His laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been used in settings including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum.
He has authored numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Fab and The Physics of Information Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has been named one of Scientific American’s 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of 40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals.
Neil has a BA in physics from Swarthmore College, a PhD. in applied physics from Cornell University, and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College and Strathclyde University. He was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs. He is the originator of the global network of field ‘fab labs’ that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, and directs the Fab Academy.