Robert Samuel Langer, Jr.

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American scientist

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Robert Samuel Langer, Jr. is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, faculty member of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, a chemical engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University, and an Sc.D. in chemical engineering from MIT.

He runs the largest biomedical laboratory in the world at MIT and is the most cited engineer in history at an extraordinary 305,000 citations for 1,500 papers. His books include The Struggles and Dreams of Robert Langer (Shuguang Zhang, Ed.), which delves into his life and discoveries. He has made substantial contributions to biotechnology, pioneering many new controlled release and transdermal drug delivery systems. Regarded as the founder of tissue engineering, he has assisted with the creation of engineered blood vessels and tissues using synthetic, biocompatible polymers. He holds, or is awaiting approval for, more than 1,300 patents.

He is working with a team to develop oral insulin doses for patients with Type 1 diabetes. He is the youngest in history to be elected to the three major American science academies, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine, accomplishing this feat by the age of 43. He is also a member of the National Academy of Inventors and an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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According to Wikipedia, Robert Samuel Langer, Jr. FREng is an American chemical engineer, scientist, entrepreneur, inventor and one of the twelve Institute Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was formerly the Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and maintains activity in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT. He is also a faculty member of the Harvard–MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

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