Thursday, May 23, 2013

RIP: Heinrich Rohrer Father of the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

Heinrich Rohrer is often called the father of nanotechnology.  Rohrer with the help of his research partner Gerd Binnig of the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1979, patented the  Scanning Tunneling Microscope which for the first time in history allowed scientists to see individual atoms.  The pair shared the 1986 Nobel prize in physics which they also shared with physicist Ernst Ruska, who designed the first electron microscope in the 1930s.

Not only did the microscope allow scientists to see atoms,  it also allowed the construction and manipulation of extremely small objects — because their device could be used to move atoms around on a surface.

Heinrich Rohrer - the father of nanotechnology, died of natural causes - May 16 at his home in Wollerau, Switzerland, at the age of 79.

Read more at the LA Times article HERE

Thanks to listener Dan for the heads up


Blizno said...

When I was a science-obsessed lad, I read that it would always be impossible to see individual atoms.

Sometimes humans really impress me.

Beam Me Up said...

You know don't you that it is impossible to go faster than 45 MPH or you risk passing out. See your blood only goes that fast and if you exceed it, blood will no longer get to your brain. Therefor that sci-fi stuff about rockets and space will always be a fantasy.

Yep as many times as humanity has stepped on it collective dick, it is a wonder that we ever made it outside the atmosphere.