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Christoph Gerber


Christoph Gerber (Photo: Christoph Gerber).

Christoph Gerber is a Swiss professor of physics and Director for Scientific Communication of the National Center of Competence for Nanoscale Science at the University of Basel, where he has been since 2004.

After his PhD, Gerber moved to Sweden and in 1964 became group leader in research and development for the company Contraves. In 1966 he moved to IBM Research in Zürich, with which he remained associated until 2004; in the 1980s he also worked temporarily at IBM Almaden and at the IBM physics group in Munich. In the early 1980s he worked with Gerd Binnig, Heinrich Rohrer and Edmund Weibel on the development of the scanning tunnelling microscope. He then continued his collaboration with Binnig, and while at IBM Almaden the two scientists, in collaboration with Calvin Quate from Stanford University, realized the atomic force microscope.

In the last 30 years he has continued to explore the possibility of using scanning probes as imaging, manipulation and diagnostic tools. He is particularly interested in developing biochemical sensors based on atomic force microscopy.

He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Science Award of the City of Basel, Switzerland, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the science journal Nature, and he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, of the World Technology Network and of the Institute of Physics, UK.

Life story: Christoph Gerber

Christoph Gerber giving a lecture at the 2016 Kavli Prize Week (Photo: Thomas Eckhoff).

The first atomic force microscope, 1985. Made by Calvin Quate and Gerd Binnig of Stanford University, and Christoph Gerber of IBM Research. Photo: Science & Society Picture Library/Getty Images.

Read the life story of Kavli Prize Laureate Christoph Gerber – in his own words:

Not Even the Sky is the Limit


Watch videoes with Christoph Gerber:

Christoph Gerber Realizes Atomic Force Microscopy.

Atomic Force Microscopy: The 2016 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience.