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Don Eigler is a physicist at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. His work focuses on creating and researching physical structures at the nanometer scale. Eigler received a B.A. in physics in 1975 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1984, both from the University of California at San Diego He then served as Postdoctoral Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories for two years before joining IBM. In 1993, Eigler was named one of only fifty IBM Fellows, the most prestigious technical position in the company. Eigler is widely considered one of the leading researchers working in the field of nanotechnology today.
In 1989, Eigler demonstrated for the first time the ability to build structures at the atomic level. Eigler used a tunneling microscope he had designed to move 35 individual atoms into a pattern that spelled the letters “IBM.” This was a groundbreaking accomplishment and brought nanotechnology into the realm of actual possibility for the first time. It showed that the physical properties of atoms, such as their electric or magnetic charges, can be manipulated and potentially used to build molecular-sized machines.
Dr. Eigler has received numerous awards for his groundbreaking work, including the 1999 Nanoscience Prize. Despite his important role in advancing nanoscience, however, he worries that high public expectations may lead to disappointments, and that unreasonable concerns may derail future research. “We’re in the age of exploration, so it’s important for everyone to be excited and curious,” Eigler said. “But I’m worried that the field not be over-hyped…Will we have nanocomputing? Maybe. But I don’t want people to get unrealistic expectations.”
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