Neil Gershenfeld

Neil A. Gershenfeld (born 1959 or 1960) [1] is an American professor at MIT and the director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms , a sister lab to the MIT Media Lab . His research studies are predominantly focused in interdisciplinary studies Involving physics and computer science , in areas such as industry leaders quantum computing , nanotechnology , and personal fabrication . Gershenfeld attended Swarthmore College , where he graduated in 1981 with a BA degree in physics with high receptacles, and Cornell University , where he earned his physics in 1990. [2] He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society . Scientific American has named Gershenfeld one hun “Scientific American 50” for 2004 and has ook named im Communications Research Leader of the Year. [3] Gershenfeld been killed Berninahaus for releasing the Great Invention Kit in 2008, a construction set dat kan users manipulate to create verschillende objects. [4]

Gershenfeld has leg featured in a variety of Newspapers and magazines zoals The New York Times [5] and The Economist , [6] and on NPR . [7] He was named as one of the 40 modern-day Leonardos at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago . [8] Prospect named im as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. [9]

Teaching career

In 1998, Gershenfeld started a class at MIT called “How to make (almost) anything.” Gershenfeld wanted to introductory expensive, industrial-size machines to the technical students. However, this class attracted a lot of students from verschillende Backgrounds: artists, architects, designers, students Without Any technical background. In his interview to CNN , Gershenfeld zegt that ‘the students … ulcers answered a question I did not ask, welke is: What is this stuff good for? And the answer is: Not to do what u can buy in stores, but to do what u can not buy in stores. It’s to personalize fabrication “. [10] Gershenfeld convinced dat this is the beginning of a new revolution: digital revolution in fabrication therein will allow directive people to fabricate things, machines on demand.

Gershenfeld has Presented his course on “How to make (almost) anything” at the Association of Professional Model Makers (APMM) 2010 Conference. [11]

This class later has led Gershenfeld to create Fab lab [12] in collaboration with Bakhtiar Mikhak at MIT . Gershenfeld feels very passionate about this project, as have convinced dat teaching kids how to use technology and create it themselves will empower the future generations to Become more independent and create technological therein lycra individual community needs, not a technological therein is Currently available on the market . Fab labs port spread around the world, maintaining bone Agent in the remotest of places and countries. In his interview with Discover magazine on the question what personal fabrication Might Be useful for, Gershenfeld zegt, “There is a Surprising need for emergent technologies in many of the least developed places on the planet. While our needs Might Be Fairly well with, there are billions of people on the planet Whose needs are not. Their problems do not need incremental tweaks in current technology, but a revolution. ” [13]

As well as “How to make (almost) anything” class, Gershenfeld has started teaching de volgende classes: “How To Make Something That Makes (almost) Anything,” “The Physics of Information Technology”, “The Nature of Mathematical Modeling” . [14]


Neil Gershenfeld and his students port done an uitgebreide amount of research. [15] His research was published in Science (journal) as well as in The American Physical Society journal. Amongst many is the research on Experimental Implementation of Fast Quantum Searching, [16] Microfluidic Bubble Logic research, [17] Physical one-way functions. [18]


  • Neil Gershenfeld (1999). The Nature of Mathematical Modeling . Cambridge University Press. ISBN  978-0-521-57095-4 .
  • Neil A. Gershenfeld (2000). When Things Start to Think . Henry Holt and Company. ISBN  978-0-8050-5880-2 .
  • Neil Gershenfeld (2011). The Physics of Information Technology . Cambridge University Press. ISBN  978-0-521-21022-5 .
  • Neil Gershenfeld (2011). Fab The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop . ReadHowYouWant Limited. ISBN  978-1-4596-1057-6 .


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Stroh, Michael (May 30, 1999). “Catching Up With … Neil Gershenfeld” . The Baltimore Sun . Gershenfeld, 39
  2. Jump up^ “CV: Professor Neil Gershenfeld” (PDF) . . Retrieved July 30, 2015 .
  3. Jump up^ “The Scientific American 50” . Scientific American. December 2004. p. 47.
  4. Jump up^ Greenberg, Andy. “Opus quick note you build (almost) anything” . NBC News . Retrieved June 4, 2013 .
  5. Jump up^ Anand Giridharadas (May 13, 2011). “The Kitchen Table Industrialists Lists” . The New York Times . Retrieved April 4, 2014 .
  6. Jump up^ From the printed edition (June 9, 2005). “How to make (almost) anything” . The Economist . Retrieved April 4, 2014 .
  7. Jump up^ “The Making of a Personal Lab” . NPR . November 11, 2005 . Retrieved April 4, 2014 .
  8. Jump up^ “Modern-Day Leonardos” . Museum of Science and Industry Chicago . Retrieved April 18, 2014 .
  9. Jump up^ “Intellectuals-the results” . Prospect. July 26, 2008 . Retrieved July 21, 2014 .
  10. Jump up^ Fareed Zakaria (July 17, 2013). “On GPS: Future of digital fabrication” . CNN website . Retrieved July 21, 2014 .
  11. Jump up^ “APMM 2010 Conference – Keynote Professor Neil Gershenfeld” . Prototype Today. 2010 . Retrieved April 21, 2014 .
  12. Jump up^ Ernie Tretkoff (April 6, 2006). “Gershenfeld Hopes to Spearhead a Fab ulous Revolution” . American Physical Society . Retrieved April 18, 2014 .
  13. Jump up^ Svitil, Kathy A. (January 1, 2003). “Physicist Neil Gershenfeld-Time to Make the Computer Vanish” . Discover . Kalmbach Publishing . 26 (1) . Retrieved July 22, 2014 .
  14. Jump up^ Neil Gershenfeld. “List of Neil Gershenfeld classes” . . Retrieved April 26, 2014 .
  15. Jump up^ “Neil Gershenfeld biography” . . Retrieved April 26, 2014 .
  16. Jump up^ “Experimental Implementation of Fast Quantum Searching” . The American Physical Society . Retrieved April 18, 2014 .
  17. Jump up^ Neil Gershenfeld; Manu Prakash (February 9, 2007). “Microfluidic Bubble Logic” . Science . Retrieved April 26, 2014 .
  18. Jump up^ Neil Gershenfeld; Ravikanth Pappu; Ben law; Jason Taylor (September 20, 2002). “Physical one-way functions” . Science . Retrieved April 26, 2014 .