Inventor To Speak About Computers The Size Of Molecules

Oct. 24, 2001

by Judy Long

Silicon semi-conductors a thousand times smaller than a human hair. Computers that can be injected into the bloodstream. Programmed DNA molecules that solve science equations. It's not science fiction; it's science.

Inventor and chemist Dr. James Heath, a 1984 Baylor University chemistry graduate, will talk to students, faculty and the public about the latest developments in molecular computing at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in room 100 of the Marrs McLean Science Building on the Baylor campus.

In addition to his Baylor degree in chemistry, Heath received his doctorate in chemistry from Rice University and was recognized there for his contributions to the discovery of C-60, a beautifully symmetrical and stable carbon molecule that gave rise to an entirely new branch of chemistry with consequences in areas as diverse as astrochemistry and superconductivity. Heath has published extensively, received numerous awards, holds four patents with several more pending and is currently teaching and conducting research in molecular computing at the University of California at Los Angeles.

For more information, call Dr. Bob Kane in the department of chemistry at 710-4556.

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