Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life: George Whitesides

whitesides_georgeGeorge Whitesides, PhD
Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University

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Bio:  George M. Whitesides received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1960 and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (with J.D. Roberts) in 1964.  He was a member of the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1963 to 1982.  He joined the Department of Chemistry of Harvard University in 1982, and was Department Chairman 1986-89, and Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry from 1982-2004. He is now the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor. Dr. Whitesides’ present research interests include: physical and organic chemistry, materials science, biophysics, complexity and emergence, surface science, microfluidics, optics, self-assembly, micro- and nanotechnology, science for developing economies, catalysis, energy production and conservation, origin of life, rational drug design, cell-surface biochemistry, simplicity, infochemistry, electromagnetic and flames, and soft robots and machines.