Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Laboratory
Neil Gershenfeld leads the Media Lab's Physics and Media group and directs the
Things That Think research consortium. His laboratory investigates the
relationship between the content of information and its physical representation,
from developing molecular computers (which led to an experimental
demonstration of quantum computation), to smart furniture (seen in the Museum
of Modern Art and used in automobile safety systems), to virtuosic musical
instruments (including a hypercello for Yo-Yo Ma), to new types of power
sources. He is the author of When Things Start to Think (1999), The Nature of
Mathematical Modeling (1999) and The Physics of Information Technology
(2000). He holds a BA in physics with high honors from Swarthmore College, a
PhD from Cornell University, and was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University
Society of Fellows. Prior to coming to the Media Lab, he was a member of the
research staff at Bell Labs.
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