Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms

Neil Gershenfeld

Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms.

His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York's Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds.

He's been called the intellectual father of the maker movement, founding a growing global network of over 1000 fab labs that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, and directing the Fab Academy for distributed research and education in the principles and practices of digital fabrication.