|Dr. Gerhard Meyer|
Dr. Richard Feynman is a Nobel Prize laureate, whose original goal of building systems of molecular machines with atomic precision is still the guiding vision of long-term nanotechnology. For this reason and dozens of others, the Foresight Institute established a prize in his honor in 1996, which was awarded to the IBM scientists — the third time an IBM scientist has been selected.
Ralph C. Merkle, chairman of the Prize Committee, lauded the three, saying "The work of these Feynman Prize winners has brought us one step closer to answering Feynman's 1959 question, 'What would happen if we could arrange atoms one by one the way we want them?'
|Dr. Jascha Repp|
Meyer and Gross continue a long tradition in microscopy at IBM Research - Zurich, which started in the early 1980s when the scanning tunneling microscope was invented.
Feynman also has a connection to IBM when as a young physicist he assisted in establishing a system for using IBM punched cards for computation.
In this video from 2009, Dr. Gross talks about imaging molecules.