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Prof. Ivar Giaever
Nobel Laureate and Professor of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
 

Education
Mechanical Engineering degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1952,
Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1964

EXPERIENCE:
Early experience includes one year as an engineer in the Norwegian Army and one year as a patent examiner for the Norwegian Government. In 1954 Dr. Giaever immigrated to Canada and joined Canadian General Electric's Advanced Engineering Program. He immigrated to the USA in 1956 and worked as an applied mathematician for General Electric Company before joining the Research and Development Center in 1958. From 1958 to 1970 Dr. Giaever worked in the fields of thin films, tunneling, and superconductivity. In 1970 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and spent one year in Cambridge, England, studying biophysics. Upon his return to the Research and Development Center in 1971, Dr. Giaever began his current efforts studying the behavior of organic molecules at solid surfaces, and the interaction of cells with surfaces. During a sabbatical in 1975 he served as an adjunct professor of the University of California at San Diego and a visiting professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies at La Jolla. He was an Institute Professor of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1988-2004. From 1988-2008 he was Vista professor at University of Oslo. He is currently Chief Technical Officer in Applied BioPhysics, Inc. a company he founded with C. Keese in 1991

HONORS AND AWARDS:
Dr. Giaever received the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in 1965 from the American Physical Society. In October 1973 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with L. Esaki and B. D. Josephson. In 1974 he received the Vladimir K. Zworykin Award from the National Academy of Engineering. In 2003 he received the Onsager Medal from NTNU, Norway and in 2010 the Gunnerus Medal from The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters He is a recipient of numerous honorary degrees.


SOCIETIES:
In 1974 Dr. Giaever was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 1975 he was elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering. In addition, he is a member of the Korean Academy of Science, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and the Swedish Academy of Engineering and an honorary member of the Norwegian Academy of Technology and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

 

 

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