“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Venkatesh Narayanamurti is the Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Kennedy School of Government. From 2009 to 2015, he was Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy and Professor of Physics at Harvard and concurrently served as Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs. He was formerly the John L. Armstrong Professor and Founding Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Dean of Physical Sciences at Harvard. Previously, he served as the Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Research at Sandia National Laboratories and Director of Solid State Electronics Research at Bell Labs.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University and has an Honorary Doctorate from Tohoku University. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Indian Academy of Sciences. He has served on numerous advisory boards of the federal government, research universities, National Laboratories and industry. From 2011 to 2015, he served as the Foreign Secretary of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Academic Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of more than 240 scientific papers in different areas of condensed matter and applied physics and the author of two books. He has written extensively and lectures widely on solid state, energy technologies, computer and communication technologies, and on the management of science, technology, and public policy.
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