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Peter Vettiger
Ex-Manager at IBM Research

Dr. Peter Vettiger is a pioneer of nanotechnology. At the IBM Zurich Research Laboratories, where he started working in 1963, he initiated and established nanoscale fabrication techniques based on e-beam lithography for superconducting, electronic, and opto-electronic devices and circuits. He led numerous projects with outstanding achievements for leading-edge semiconductor devices and lasers. In 1997, jointly with Nobel Laureate Dr. Gerd Binnig, he founded and led the newly formed Micro/Nanomechanical Systems Group and started the well-known “Millipede” project. Large arrays (64 x 64) of heatable cantilevers have been developed and operated to write, read and erase data with unmatched storage density.

Peter Vettiger (co-)authored more than about 200 scientific publications and five book chapters. He was a member of various steering and program committees of international conferences, served as reviewer of international scientific journals and acted as expert and reviewer of European and Swiss National Research Programs.

He also is the (co-)inventor of more than 80 filed patents, holds several IBM Outstanding and Invention Achievement Awards, and was elected an IBM Research Division Master Inventor in 1998.

In 2000 he was elected as IEEE Fellow and since 2009 he is an IEEE Life Fellow. In 2001, he was honored with a Doctor honoris causa from the University of Basel, Switzerland. Since 2003, he is a visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL at Lausanne and Neuchatel, Switzerland, and at the CNM, National Microelectronics Center of Spain in Barcelona and was a Senior Expert at the CSEM, Neuchatel.

In addition, he was elected member of the Royal Academy of Science and Arts, Barcelona, and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) in 2005 and 2007, respectively. In the latter one he has been appointed a member of the Micro/Nanotechnology Platform (MNP).

Since 2013 Peter Vettiger is on the advisory boards of SwissLitho and Morphotonix, two recently founded Swiss Nanotechnology Start-up companies at Zurich and Lausanne.