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Paul McEuen

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Nationality  United States
Role  Physicist
Institutions  Cornell University
Fields  Nanotechnology
Alma mater  Oklahoma, Yale
Books  Spiral, Spiral: Thriller
Name  Paul McEuen

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Known for  Carbon nanotube research
Education  University of Oklahoma, Yale University
Similar People  Philip Kim, Hongjie Dai, Schon scandal, Andrew Dickson White

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Paul McEuen (born 1963) is an American physicist. He received his B.S. in engineering physics at the University of Oklahoma (1985), and his Ph.D. in applied physics at Yale University (1991). After postdoctoral work at MIT (1990-1991), he became a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He moved to Cornell University in 2001, where he is currently the Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics. He is one of the world experts on carbon nanotubes and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


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Paul McEuen studies the electrical and mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes, scanning probe microscopy of nanostructures, molecular electronics, and applications of nanoelectronics in chemistry and biology. His group publishes their work frequently in Nature and Science, and Paul has a Hirsch number of 53.


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McEuen wrote a scientific thriller, Spiral (released in 2011), in which an emeritus Cornell biology professor is murdered as part of a plot involving a biological weapon, which received positive reviews by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. The German translation became available on October 29, 2010. McEuen sold the movie rights for "Spiral" to Chockstone Pictures.


  • Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics, Cornell University, (2008-present)
  • Professor, Physics, Cornell University, (2001-present)
  • Associate Professor, Physics, University of California, Berkeley (1996-2000)
  • Assistant Professor, Physics, University of California, Berkeley (1992-1996)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, MIT (1990-1991)
  • Awards and fellowships

  • National Academy of Sciences (2011)
  • American Physical Society Fellow (2003)
  • Agilent Technologies Europhysics Prize (2001)
  • Packard Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellow (1999)
  • LBNL Outstanding Performance Award (1997)
  • National Young Investigator (1993-1998)
  • Packard Foundation Fellow (1992-1997)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1992-1994)
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator (1992-1995)
  • References

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