The first mention of purposely created and applied technology and means, which were subsequently termed nanotechnology, is usually connected with the well-known lecture Mr. R. Feynman, the professor of Californian ins. of tech., delivered in 1959 at the session of the American Physical Society. In this lecture called ‘There is a lot of space down there’ for the first time the possibility to create nanosized products with the use of atoms as building particles was considered.
The word ‘nanotechnology’ was introduced for the first time into the scientific world by N. Taniguchi at the international conference on industrial production in Tokyo in 1974.
Ideas of nanotechnological strategy, which were put forward by Feynman, were developed by E. Drexler in his book ‘Vehicles of creation: the arrival of the nanotechnology era’ published in 1986.
In the second half of 1980s to the early 1990s a number of important discoveries and inventions were made, which created an essential impact on the further development of nanotechnology. The first invention that used nanotechnology is Scanning Tunneling Microscope by IBM company. The unstoppable rise of nanotechnology has begun in line with all these developments.
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