|Nadrian C. Seeman
December 16, 1945 |
||University of Chicago, University of Pittsburgh
Kavli Prize in Nanoscience (2010)
Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry (2016)
||New York University
Nadrian C. "Ned" Seeman (born December 16, 1945) is an American
crystallographer known for inventing the field of
Seeman studied biochemistry at the
University of Chicago and crystallography at the
University of Pittsburgh.
 He became a faculty member at the
State University of New York at Albany, and in 1988 moved to the Department of Chemistry at
New York University.
He is most noted for his development of the concept of
DNA nanotechnology beginning in the early 1980s.
 In fall 1980, while at a campus pub, Seeman was inspired by the
M. C. Escher woodcut Depth to realize that a three-dimensional lattice could be constructed from DNA. He realized that this could be used to orient target molecules, simplifying their crystallographic study by eliminating the difficult process of obtaining pure crystals.
 In pursuit of this goal, Seeman's laboratory published the synthesis of the first three-dimensional nanoscale object, a cube made of DNA, in 1991. This work won the 1995
Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology.
 The concept of the dissimilar double
DNA crossover introduced by Seeman,
 was important stepping stone towards the development of
The concepts of DNA nanotechnology later found further applications in
DNA nanorobotics, and
 He shared the
Kavli Prize in Nanoscience 2010 with
Donald Eigler “for their development of unprecedented methods to control matter on the nanoscale.”
 The goal of demonstrating designed three-dimensional DNA crystals was achieved by Seeman in 2009, nearly thirty years after his original elucidation of the idea.
He is a fellow of the
Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
He is an atheist.