A Brief History of Nanotechnology, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

  1959: Richard P. Feynman, a Nobel laureate physicist who became a pop culture icon, makes a speech envisioning the manipulation of materials on the nanoscale.   1981: Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer invent the scanning tunneling microscope (STM), which can image atomic-sized objects.   1985: C60 (also known as “buckminsterfullerenes” or “bucky balls”), a new form of carbon, is discovered by Robert F. Curl, Jr., Sir Harold W. Kroto and Richard E. Smalley while conducting research at Rice University in Houston, Texas.  They eventually received a Nobel Prize for their work.   1989: Scientists at IBM’s Almaden Research Laboratory…

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