Rowland Institute for Science
|Research type||Experimental science|
|Location||Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States|
The Rowland Institute for Science was founded by Edwin H. Land, founder of Polaroid Corporation, as a nonprofit, privately-endowed basic research organization in 1980. It is named for the first head of the American Physical Society, Henry Augustus Rowland. The Rowland is dedicated to experimental science across a wide range of disciplines. Research subjects at the institute includes chemistry, physics and biology, and focuses on interdisciplinary work and the development of new experimental tools.
The institute merged with Harvard University on July 1, 2002, and is now called The 'Rowland Institute at Harvard'. It is located near Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is a few miles away from the main campus. The institute is currently the location for the Physics and Applied Physics research seminar for Harvard College freshmen.
Rowland Junior Fellows
The flagship program at the Rowland Institute is the Junior Fellowship. The program serves as a postdoctoral research program for early career experimental scientists. Fellows receive funding for salary and research expenses and are allocated their own laboratory space. The Rowland Institute also provides technical support from permanent staff. The Fellowship lasts for five years, with continuation past three years contingent on a favorable internal review.
Notable members and alumni
- Howard Berg - biophysicist noted for his work on the motility of the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli)
- Steven Block - pioneered the use of optical tweezers to study step dynamics of kinesin and RNA polymerase on DNA templates
- Colleen Cavanaugh - microbiologist recognized for her studies of hydrothermal vent ecosystems
- Donald A. Glaser - physicist, neurobiologist, and winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the bubble chamber
- Jene Golovchenko - physicist noted for his work on materials for whole genome sequencing
- Lene Hau - physicist noted for her work on Bose-Einstein condensate, and ultracold atomic system optics
- Winfield Hill - co-authored the popular text The Art of Electronics with Harvard Physicist Paul Horowitz
- John Henry Holland - pioneer in genetic algorithms
- Edwin H. Land: 1980 - 1992
- Phil Dubois: 1992 - 1997
- Michael Burns: 1998 - 2002
- Frans Spaepen: 2002 - 2013
- Cynthia Friend: 2013 - present
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