Neil Gershenfeld

Neil Gershenfeld
Neil Gershenfeld
Physicist, Director, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms; Co-author, Designing Reality

NEIL GERSHENFELD directs MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique 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 seen and used in settings including New York's Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows, and Sami herds.

He is the originator of the growing global network of field fab labs that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, and directs the Fab Academy, the associated program for distributed research and education in the principles and practices of digital fabrication.

Gershenfeld is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Fab, When Things Start To Think, The Nature of Mathematical ModelingThe Physics of Information Technology, and co-author (with Alan Gershenfeld and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld) of Designing Reality. 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, and one of Popular Mechanic's 25 Makers.