Dr. Gerald Pollack

Gerald Pollack

Dr. Gerald Pollack

Dr. Gerald Pollack, UW professor of bioengineering, has developed a theory of water that has been called revolutionary. The researcher has spent the past decade convincing worldwide audiences that water is not actually a liquid.

Dr. Gerald Pollack received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He then joined the University of Washington faculty and is now professor of bioengineering.

His interests have ranged broadly, from biological motion and cell biology to the interaction of biological surfaces with aqueous solutions. His 1990 book, Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles of Biological Motion, won an Excellence Award from the Society for Technical Communication; his more recent book, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, won that Society’s Distinguished Award. Three additional books, on water and energy, are underway.

Dr. Pollack received an honourary doctorate in 2002 from Ural State University in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and was more recently named an Honourary Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He received the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2002. In 2008, he was the faculty member selected by the University of Washington faculty to receive their highest annual distinction: the Faculty Lecturer Award.

Dr. Pollack is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of both the American Heart Association and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He is also founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, WATER, and has recently received an NIH Transformative R01 Award. He will be the 2012 recipient of the Prigogine Medal.

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