Scholars 2007

2007 Future - Quest for Energy

Wissner-Gross Alexander David

Wissner Gross

Harvard University, Department of Physics

"Solar Thermal Energy Buffering Using Nanostructured Diamond for Heat Exchange"


January 2017

Dr. Alexander D. Wissner-Gross is an award-winning scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and angel investor. He serves as President and Chief Scientist of Gemedy and holds academic appointments at Harvard and MIT. He has received 125 major distinctions, authored 18 publications, been granted 23 issued, pending, and provisional patents, and founded, managed, and advised 7 technology companies, 4 of which were acquired for a combined value of over $500 million.

In 1998 and 1999, respectively, he won the USA Computer Olympiad and the Intel Science Talent Search. In 2003, he became the last person in MIT history to receive a triple major, with bachelors in Physics, Electrical Science and Engineering, and Mathematics, while graduating first in his class from the MIT School of Engineering. In 2007, he completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard, where his research on neuromorphic computing, machine learning, and programmable matter was awarded the Hertz Doctoral Thesis Prize. A thought leader in intelligent systems, he is a contributing author of the New York Times Science Bestseller, "This Idea Must Die", and the Amazon #1 New Release, "What to Think About Machines That Think". A popular TED speaker, his talks have been viewed more than 2 million times and translated into 27 languages. His work has been featured in more than 200 press outlets worldwide including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNN, USA Today, and Wired.



Summary of Research, September 2007


Update 171110:
I am now a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab, and recently published a widely-covered paper on planetary-scale computing that you might find of interest.