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Though the nanotechnology world is rife with a horde of new researchers, the advent of the term and idea can be largely credited to two notable theorists.  Surprisingly, the first mention of nanotechnological ideas was presented by Richard Feynman in 1959 in his famous talk titled 'There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom'.  In it, Feynman essentially predicted the tools and methods that we actually use today.

The term 'nanotechnology' really took on its full meaning in the 1980's with K. Eric Drexler's doctoral dissertation: 'Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation'. 

I will discuss each theorist's important contributions to the field in the following articles.