Heinrich Rohrer

Heinrich Rohrer

Heinrich Rohrer (born June 6, 1933 - 16 May, 2013) is a Swiss physicist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1986 with Gerd Binnig for their design of the scanning tunneling microscope (STM).

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  • The coming nanometer age can, therefore, also be called the age of interdisciplinarity.
    • Heinrich Rohrer explaining how progress in miniaturization implies developing techniques in self-assembling molecular structures, in his Nishina Memorial Lecture at the University of Tokyo, on June 25, 1993. Published in Nishina memorial lectures: creators of modern physics. Springer. 2008. p. 506. ISBN 4431770550. 
  • To my knowledge significant progress has never been born of competition. ... In science, being 'better' than others is of little practical value. Examples of how absurd the idea of scientific competition is are abundant.
    • in Science - A Part of Our Future, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews Vol. 19, 193, 1994.
  • I lost all respect for angstroms.
    • in Autobiography, from Nobel Lectures, Physics 1981-1990, Editor-in-Charge Tore Frängsmyr, Editor Gösta Ekspång, World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore, 1993
  • We live of novelty in science. So when you do something new, you have to overcome certain beliefs that it cannot be done, that it's not interesting and so on.
    • Interview with Heinrich Rohrer at the Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, 9 April, 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
  • We had the freedom to make mistakes. That's something very important. Unfortunately, this freedom for scientists gets more and more lost. ... Otherwise, you do the common things. You don't dare to do something beyond what everybody else thinks.
    • Interview with Heinrich Rohrer at the Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, 9 April, 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
  • Young people are not yet biased in their mind. They are not completely taken by their expert opinions. Expert opinions have a difficulty to go beyond of what they know. When you start in a new field, from the point of view of a scientist, you certainly are 20 years younger, because in the new field you're not yet biased and you look at certain things a little bit more relaxed and a little bit more open.
    • Interview with Heinrich Rohrer at the Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, 9 April, 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.

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