Sunday, February 20, 2011: 12:00 PM-12:45 PM
207B (Washington Convention Center )Dr. Whitesides holds one of only 21 University Professorships at Harvard University. A professor of chemistry, he has been a pioneer in microfabrication and nanoscale self-assembly. He is trying to invent a future where medical diagnosis can be done by anyone for little or no cost and co-founded a nonprofit called Diagnostics for All, which aims to provide cheap diagnostic devices. Among his solutions is a low-cost “lab-on-a-chip,” made of paper and carpet tape. His goal is to distribute these simple paper diagnostic systems to developing countries, where people with basic training can administer tests and send results to distant doctors via cameraphone. The single primary objective of his laboratory is “to fundamentally change the paradigms of science.” He recently received the 2009 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences for his creation of new materials that have significantly advanced the field of chemistry and its societal benefits and the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry for his pioneering chemical research in molecular self-assembly and innovative nanofabrication techniques that have resulted in rapid, inexpensive fabrication of ultra small devices. He received his A.B. degree from Harvard College and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech.
George M. Whitesides, Harvard University
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