|Nadrian C. Seeman|
|Born|| December 16, 1945 |
|Alma mater||University of Chicago, University of Pittsburgh|
|Known for||DNA nanotechnology|
Kavli Prize in Nanoscience (2010)Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry (2016)
|Institutions||New York University|
Nadrian C. "Ned" Seeman (born December 16, 1945) is an American nanotechnologist and crystallographer known for inventing the field of DNA nanotechnology.
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 DNA origami.
The concepts of DNA nanotechnology later found further applications in DNA computing, DNA nanorobotics, and self-assembly of nanoelectronics. 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.