About Robert  Langer, ScD

Robert Langer, ScD is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member. His h-index of 202 is the highest of any engineer in history and he has 1,050 issued and pending patents worldwide.

Dr. Langer's patents have licensed or sublicensed to over 250 companies. He served as Chairman of the FDA’s Science Board (its highest advisory board) from 1999 to 2002.

He is also one of only three individuals ever elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors.

He is one of only seven people to ever receive both the United States National Medal of Science and the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He has also received the Charles Stark Draper Prize, the Albany Medical Center Prize, the Wolf Prize for Chemistry, the Millennium Technology Prize, the Priestley Medal, the Gairdner Prize, the Kyoto Prize and the Lemelson-MIT prize, for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” He holds 22 honorary doctorates, including honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale.