Foresight Prizes

Richard Feynman discusses how physics and engineering will eventually create nanotechnology.

The 2016 shared Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Sir J. Fraser Stoddart for the design and synthesis of molecular machines. This was only 9 years after he received our Feynman Prize in the Experimental category for Nanotechnology and illustrates why we grant the prize: To award early pioneering work which most advances the goal for nanotechnology: molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular machine systems. This prize is given in honor of Richard Feynman who, in 1959, gave a visionary talk at Caltech in which he said "The problems of chemistry and biology can be greatly helped if our ability to see what we are doing, and to do things on an atomic level, is ultimately developed — a development which I think cannot be avoided."


The Foresight Institute Feynman Grand Prize

The Foresight Institute Feynman Grand Prize For Major Advances In Molecular Nanotechnology was announced in 1996 (see Feynman Grand Prize announcement and article in Update 24). The Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology recognizes recent achievements that contribute to the development of nanotechnology; the Grand Prize will be awarded to recognize a crucial milestone on the road to a mature molecular manufacturing technology. Further details.


The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize 

 

Feynman Prize Description

Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Theory 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Theory is awarded for excellence in theory to the researchers whose recent work has most advanced the achievement of Feynman's goal for nanotechnology: molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular machine systems. The prize entails $ 5000, an invitation to award ceremony and technical workshop, and public acknowledgment and support

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Experiment 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Experiment is awarded for excellence in experiment to the researchers whose recent work has most advanced the achievement of Feynman's goal for nanotechnology: molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular machine systems. The prize entails $ 5000, an invitation to award ceremony and technical workshop, and public acknowledgment and support

The Distinguished Student Award 

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award recognizes the College graduate or undergraduate student whose work is considered most notable In advancing the development and understanding of nanotechnology. The prize entails $ 1000, an invitation to award ceremony and technical workshop, and public acknowledgment and support.

 

Criteria and Nomination

Either submit your own work or nominate a colleague who deserves this prize: Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes Submission or Nomination Instructions.

Research areas considered relevant to APM (e.g., atomically precise manufacturing, molecular manufacturing, productive nanosystems and molecular machine systems) include but are not limited to:

  • artificial molecular machines
  • atomically-precise construction
  • biomolecular machinery
  • computational chemistry and molecular modeling
  • mechanosynthesis
  • nanomechanical engineering
  • nanomanipulation
  • natural molecular machines
  • scanning probes and nanometrology
  • self-assembly
  • self-replicating machines
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • ultra-precision machining

Special consideration will be given to submissions clearly leading toward the construction of productive nanosystems. Applicants wishing further information on the field of the prize are referred to the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems and the book Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation (Wiley Interscience, 1992). 

A committee chaired by a previous Feynman Prize recipient will be asked to select this year's honorees.

Prof. Grzybowski receiving the 2016 Feynman Prize for Theory

Prof. Grzybowski receiving the 2016 Feynman Prize for Theory

Prof. Giessibl receiving the 2016 Feynman Prize for Experiment

Prof. Giessibl receiving the 2016 Feynman Prize for Experiment

Feynman Prize Hall of Fame

 

2016 Feynman Prize

  • Theoretical: Bartosz A. Grzybowski (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea)
  • Experimental: Franz J. Giessibl (University of Regensburg, Germany)
  • Student: Conrad Pfeiffer

2015 Feynman Prize

  • Theoretical: Markus J. Buehler (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Experimental: Michelle Y. Simmons FAA (Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow & Director, The University of New South Wales)
  • Student: Chuyang Cheng 

2014 Feynman Prize

  • Theoretical: Amanda S. Barnard (Australia’s Office of the Chief Executive (OCE), The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO))
  • Experimental: Joseph W. Lyding (University of Illinois and Beckman Institute)

2013 Feynman Prize

  • Experimental: Alexander K. Zettl (U.C. Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • Theoretical: David N. Beratan (Duke University)
  • Distinguished Student Award: Jonathan C. Barnes

2012 Feynman Prize

  • Experimental: is the team of Gerhard Meyer, Leo Gross, and Jascha Repp (IBM Research in Zurich; Dr. Repp is now at Regensburg University)
  • Theoretical: David Soloveichik (University of California, San Francisco)
  • Distinguished Student: David Walker

2011 Feynman Prize

  • Experimental: Leonhard Grill (Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Research School, Germany)
  • Theoretical: Raymond Astumian (University of Maine, USA)

2010 Feynman Prize

  • Experimental: Masakazu Aono (MANA Center, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Theoretical: Gustavo E. Scuseria (Rice University)

2009 Feynman Prize

  • Experimental: Yoshiaki Sugimoto, Masayuki Abe (Osaka University), and Oscar Custance (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Theoretical: Robert A. Freitas Jr. (Institute for Molecular Manufacturing)

2008 Feynman Prize

  • Experimental: James M. Tour (Rice University)
  • Theoretical: George C. Schatz (Northwestern University)

2007 Feynman Prize

  • Theoretical: David A. Leigh (University of Edinburgh)
  • Experimental: J. Fraser Stoddart (University of California - Los Angeles)
  • Distinguished Student Award: Fung Suong Ou

2006 Feynman Prize

  • Theoretical: Erik Winfree and Paul W.K. Rothemund (California Institute of Technology)
  • Experimental: Erik Winfree and Paul W.K. Rothemund (California Institute of Technology)
  • Distinguised Student Award: Berhane Temelso

2005 Feynman Prize

  • Theoretical: Christian Joachim (Center Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, France)
  • Experimental: Christian Schafmeister (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Distinguished Student Award: Christopher Levins

2004 Feynman Prize

  • Theoretical: David Baker (University of Washington) and Brian Kuhlman (University of North Carolina)
  • Experimental: Homme Hellinga (Duke University)
  • Distinguished Student Award: Damian Allis

2003 Feynman Prize

  • Theoretical: Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie (University of California at Berkeley)
  • Experimental: Carlo Montemagno (University of California at Los Angeles)
  • Distinguished Student: Ahmet Yildiz

2002 Feynman Prize

  • Theoretical: Don Brenner (North Carolina State University)
  • Experimental: Chad Mirkin (Northwestern University)
  • Distinguished Student Award : Yi Ci

2001 Feynman Prize

  • Theoretical: Mark A. Ratner (Northwestern University)
  • Experimental: Charles M. Lieber (Harvard University)
  • Distinguished Student Award: Jing Kong

2000 Feynman Prize

  • Experimental: R. Stanley Williams (HP Labs), Philip Kuekes (HP Labs) and James Heath (UCLA)
  • Theoretical: Uzi Landman (Georgia Tech)
  • Distinguished Student Award: Christopher Love

1999 Feynman Prize

  • Experimental: Phaedon Avouris (IBM)
  • Theoretical: William A. Goddard III, Dr. Tahir Cagin, and Ms. Yue Qi, (Caltech)
  • Distinguished Student Award: Anita Goel

1998 Feynman Prize

  • Experimental: M. Reza Ghadiri (Scripps Research Institute)
  • Theoretical: Ralph C. Merkle (Zyvex, LLC), Stephen Walch (ELORET NASA Ames)
  • Distinguished Student: Fotis Nifiatis

1997 Feynman Prize

  • Experimental: James K. Gimzewski (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory), Reto Schlittler (IBM), Christian Joachim (CEMES-CNRS)
  • Theoretical: NASA Ames, MRJ Team—Charles Bauschlicher, Stephen Barnard, Creon Levit, Glenn Deardorff, Al Globus, Jie Han, Richard Jaffe, Alessandra Ricca, Marzio Rosi, Deepak Srivastava, H. Thuemmel
  • Distinguished Student: Phil Collins

1995 Feynman Prize: Nadrian C. Seeman (New York University)

1993 Feynman Prize:  Charles Musgrave (Caltech)