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George M. Whitesides is a pioneer in microfabrication and nanoscale self-assembly who has authored more than 950 research papers and holds over 50 patents. Among his many honors and awards, he has received the National Medal of Science, the Linus Pauling Award, the Priestley Medal, the American Chemical Society’s Award in Pure Chemistry, and the Kyoto Prize. He began his independent career at MIT and is now the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard University. His current research interests include physical and organic chemistry, materials science, biophysics, water, complexity and simplicity, origin of life, dissipative systems, affordable diagnostics, and soft robotics. He received his AB from Harvard University in 1960 and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1964 (with J.D. Roberts).