Your independent source for Harvard news since 1898 | SUBSCRIBE

Your independent source for Harvard news since 1898

News

Charles Lieber Named University Professor

7.20.17

Professor Charles Lieber in his lab at 12 Oxford Street

Professor Charles Lieber in his lab at 12 Oxford Street

Photograph by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications


Professor Charles Lieber in his lab at 12 Oxford Street

Photograph by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications

Chemist Charles M. Lieber, a pioneer in the creation of bio-compatible electronics, has been named the inaugural Friedman University Professor, a new position endowed by Joshua Friedman ’76, M.B.A. ’80, J.D. ’82, and Beth Friedman. University Professors hold the highest faculty rank at Harvard, reflecting the eminence of their scholarship. They are free to teach and conduct research in any University school. 

Lieber has made stunning advances in electronics, devising—as long ago as 2001—nanoscale logic circuits just a few atoms wide that would self-assemble when poured as liquid onto a pre-engineered surface.

He has continued to lead the way in developing nanoscale biological interfaces, initially with nanowires so sensitive that they could function as sensors in the brain. In 2010, he developed a virus-sized transistor similar in size to intra-cellular organelles that can penetrate cell membranes and probe their interiors without disrupting function. And he has taken each of those discoveries a step closer to the reality of a biological computing interface—think man and machine—with the development of syringe-injectable mesh nanoelectronics that can integrate into neural networks. 

You Might Also Like:

Photograph of Loeb House

Loeb House, where the governing boards convene

Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Caroline Culler

Overseer Candidates State Their Views

n95 mask in the foreground, Harvard Yard in the background

Harvard prepares for yet another pandemic-influenced spring term.

Image of mask by Unsplash; montage by Niko Yaitanes/Harvard Magazine

The Omicron Semester

Srikant M. Datar portrait

Srikant M. Datar, HBS’s eleventh dean

Photograph courtesy of Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School’s Bold Agenda

You Might Also Like:

Photograph of Loeb House

Loeb House, where the governing boards convene

Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Caroline Culler

Overseer Candidates State Their Views

n95 mask in the foreground, Harvard Yard in the background

Harvard prepares for yet another pandemic-influenced spring term.

Image of mask by Unsplash; montage by Niko Yaitanes/Harvard Magazine

The Omicron Semester

Srikant M. Datar portrait

Srikant M. Datar, HBS’s eleventh dean

Photograph courtesy of Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School’s Bold Agenda