Neil Gershenfeld

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Neil Gershenfeld
Neil Gershenfeld 2007.jpg
Neil Gershenfeld in January 2007.
Nationality  United States
Fields Computer sciences
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alma mater Cornell University (Ph.D.)
Swarthmore College (B.A.)

Neil A. Gershenfeld[1] is a professor at MIT and the head of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, a sister lab to the MIT Media Lab.[2] His research studies are predominantly focused in interdisciplinary studies involving physics and computer science, in such fields as quantum computing, nanotechnology, and personal fabrication. Gershenfeld attended Swarthmore College, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in physics with high honors, and Cornell University. Scientific American has named Gershenfeld one of their "Scientific American 50" for 2004 and has also named him Communications Research Leader of the Year.[3] Gershenfeld is also known for releasing the Great Invention Kit in 2008, a construction set that user can manipulate to create various objects.[4]


  • The Nature of Mathematical Modeling (1998)
  • When Things Start to Think (1999)[5]
  • The Physics of Information Technology (2000)
  • Fab, The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop - From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication (2005)


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  2. ^ "Physicist Neil Gershenfeld—Time to Make the Computer Vanish". Discover Magazine. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Scientific American 50". Scientific American. December 2004. p. 47. 
  4. ^ Greenberg, Andy. "Invention kits let you build (almost) anything". NBC News. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "NEIL GERSHENFELD is author of "When Things Start to Think". NPR. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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