Birth of nanotechnology documented by this historic IBM photo

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From the IEEE report on the singularity I found a cool reference to the birth of nanotechnology in the article titled Rupturing The Nanotech Rapture” by Richard A.L. Jones:

The birth of nanotechnology is popularly taken to be 1989, when IBM Fellow Don Eigler used a scanning tunneling microscope to create the company’s logo out of xenon atoms.

By working with xenon and nickel at very low temperatures, an IBM scientist was the first to use a tiny needle to position individual atomsĀ on a surface.

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