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Paul K Hansma

Website  Hansma Lab Website
Name  Paul Hansma

Paul K. Hansma
Alma mater  University of California, Berkeley
Known for  Inventing microscopes and medical equipment
Awards  Presidential Scholar Biological Physics Prize of American Physical Soc.

Occupation  Physicist and Inventor

Paul K. Hansma is an American physicist and inventor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His inventions in the areas of scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy were commercialized by Digital Instruments (now Bruker) as the Multimode and Dimension Atomic Force Microscopes. He co-invented the Scanning Ion-Conductance Microscope with Barney Drake. More recently he has co-invented medical instruments that are being commercialized by Active Life Scientific, Inc. as the BioDent and Osteoprobe RUO Reference Point Indentation (RPI), instruments for use in measuring tissue mechanical properties in patients. The first applications are to measuring bone mechanical properties relevant to fracture risk in patients.


  • 1964 Presidential Scholar (presented by President Johnson)
  • 1975-77 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship
  • 1983 Professor of the Year, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 1988 Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 1989 Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 1990 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1993 Max Planck Research Award
  • 2000 Biological Physics Prize, American Physical Society
  • Hansma has over 350 peer-reviewed publications.


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