R. Stanley Williams Ph.D.

Williams, R. Stanley
Position Department / Business Unit
HP Senior Fellow, Director HP Quantum Science Research (QSR) Group
Institution Disciplines
Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Chemistry Physics Nanostructures
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Williams is one of just five active Senior Fellows of a total technical staff of more than 40,000 at HP. For the past 30 years, his primary scientific research has been in the areas of solid-state chemistry and physics, and their applications to technology. This has evolved into the areas of nanostructures and chemically-assembled materials, with an emphasis on the thermodynamics of size and shape.

Most recently, he has examined the fundamental limits of information and computing, which has led to his current research in nano-electronics and -photonics.


Williams received a BA in Chemical Physics in 1974 from Rice University and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from U. C. Berkeley in 1978.

Career Highlights

He was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs from 1978-80 and a faculty member (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor) of the Chemistry Department at UCLA from 1980 to1995.


Williams has received numerous awards for business, scientific and academic achievement, including the 2007 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal awarded by the the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He received the 2004 Joel Birnbaum Prize (the highest internal HP award for research), the 2003 Herman Bloch Medal for Industrial Research, the 2000 Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics, the 2000 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and the Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

He was named to the inaugural Scientific American 50 Top Technology leaders in 2002 and then again in 2005 (the first to be so named twice). The molecular electronics program he leads was named the Technology of the Year for 2002 by Industry Week magazine.

In 2005, Small Times magazine named the U.S. patent collection Williams has assembled at HP as the world's top nanotechnology intellectual property portfolio. The same year, the Chinese Academy of Science voted the crossbar latch he and his team invented as the number three scientific breakthrough of the year (behind the Cassini and Deep Impact space missions). In 2000, MIT's Technology Review placed one of his patents among the top five that "will transform business and technology."

Williams has also been active on a national scale. He was co-organizer and co-editor of the workshop and book "Vision for Nanotechnology in the 21 st Century," respectively, which led to the establishment of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2000.

Williams as been awarded more than 60 U.S. patents, published more than 300 papers in reviewed scientific journals, and he has written several general articles for technical, business and general interest publications (including an article in the Nov. 2005 issue of Scientific American ).

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